Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon’s perfect match! A somewhat unappreciated superstar black grape, Merlot is excellent as a blending partner, as well as a stand-alone varietal. Offering luscious, often plum, smokey or chocolatey flavors, and a full body, Merlot can achieve great richness. This luxuriousness is what allows Merlot and Cabernet to blend so well. You can often find Merlot in a Bordeaux blend, but with the right hands, it can be shaped into a really exciting varietal.