Merlot vs Cabernet Sauvignon vs Pinot Noir vs Shiraz

CharacteristicsMerlotCabernet SauvignonPinot NoirShiraz
HueDeep ruby redDeep ruby redPale to medium ruby redDeep purple to black
ColorRedRedRedRed
AromasPlum, red berries, chocolateBlackcurrant, mint, cedarRed berries, floral, earthBlackberry, pepper, spice
TanninsSoft to moderateFirmSoftFirm
AcidLow to mediumMedium to highMediumMedium
Alcohol (%)13-14.5%13.5-15%12-15%13-15%
BodyMediumFullLight to mediumFull
IntensityModeratePronouncedSubtlePronounced
Key Growing RegionsBordeaux, France, CaliforniaNapa Valley, Bordeaux, AustraliaBurgundy, Oregon, New ZealandAustralia, Rhône Valley
Classic PairingsPasta, chicken, soft cheesesSteak, lamb, strong cheesesSalmon, pork, mushroomsBBQ, spicy dishes
Price Range$10-$40$20-$100$20-$80$15-$50

Check out this side-by-side comparison of Merlot vs. Cabernet Sauvignon vs. Pinot Noir vs. Syrah (Shiraz). All four of these wines are classic, international red wines. You should be able to find bottles made from any of these grapes wherever you buy your wines at a wide range of prices.

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