Merlot is a very common red wine. It's palatable with pretty much everything, but this does make it a little lacking in distinctive characteristics. It has notes of watermelon, cherry, strawberry, and plum. Merlot rose to prominence in the 1990's, but the market became over-saturated with very watered down versions, which was quite unfortunate. I still enjoy a glass of a really good Merlot wine from time to time.