Merlot is a dark blue-coloured wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Its softness and "fleshiness", combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin.Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, Merlot is one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine, and it is the most widely planted grape in the Bordeaux wine regions.
Posts about Merlot
    • Where Wine Flavors Come From: The Science of Wine Aromas

      Why does wine taste the way it does? If you love wine, you’ve no doubt read countless wine tasting descriptions like this one: “blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint…” Wine Advocate 2010 Penfold’s “Grange” Shiraz You might also be wondering… are winemakers are actually blending blueberries into their wine? The answer is no.

      Madeline Puckette/ Wine Folly- 9 readers -
    • Washington, Oregon wines shine in big California judging

      Mike Dunne, wine columnist for The Sacramento Bee, evaluates wines during Friday’s sweepstakes round at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in Cloverdale, Calif. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) CLOVERDALE, Calif. – Nine wines from Washington and Oregon earned best-of-class distinction at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, which is the largest j ...

      Great Northwest Winein Cabernet Franc- 9 readers -
  • Wine of the Week

    … Because I am late with the Wine of the Week, I offer a pair of products to atone for my procrastination. These are two bargain-priced wines from Bordeaux and are definitely Worth a Search. Each, incidentally, was acquired within the past few years by Russian and Chinese companies. Imported by The Wine Trust, Mattituck, N.Y. These wines were…

  • Bartier Brothers opening winery

    … for the 2002 vintage. At the same time, he was developing Township 7 Okanagan’s property where, once again, he repeated his touch with Chardonnay. In the 2003 Canadian Wine Awards competition, Township 7’s 2002 Chardonnay was judged not only the best Chardonnay but the year’s best Canadian white wine. Two years earlier, the Hawthorne Mountain 2000…

    John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on winein Cabernet Franc Syrah- 7 readers -
  • Drink Chianti, Eat Gnudi, Celebrate Valentine’s Day

    … primarily with ricotta cheese, blended with parmesan, eggs and flour as binders, and spinach, nutmeg, salt and pepper for flavour and colour. The gnudi are made into small balls, then dropped in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, and then transferred to a fry pan with butter and sage leaves to brown. It is a bit of work, but the flavour is very nice I…

    MyWinePalin Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot- 4 readers -
  • Joy's JOY of Wine

    … the cigar’s, and vise-versa. Expect that. Remember, it’s all about enjoyment and the experience, not a “perfect match” every time. 3) I'm biased. That said, red wines pair the best with cigars. A cigar with the flavors of cedar and spice is best paired with a bold red vino with the same flavor profile. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec or even Merlot…

    Joy Neighbors/ Joy's JOY of Wine- 4 readers -
  • Kick-Ass Carménère – Koyle Royale 2011

    … mini-goals and bigger ones so that you keep the success momentum moving along… Anyhoo – onto the wine of the week! On deck, I have Koyle Royale Carménère 2011 from a biodynamic vineyard located in Alto Colchagua, Chile. For over a century in Chile, Carménère was believed to be Merlot. Cuttings of both plants were imported from their original home…

    Christine Campbell/ Girls Go Grapein Merlot- 5 readers -
  • Mullan Road Cellars 2012 Red Wine Blend, Columbia Valley, $45

    … spice and cocoa powder amid plum, blueberry, bittersweet chocolate, chalkboard dust and violet. There’s a bold juiciness to the entry with pomegranate, black cherry and red currant, followed by underlying tannin making for a well-balanced structure. It turns darker on the finish with flavors of blackberry and more plum. In the Seattle area, ask for these wines at your local wine merchant, McCarthy & Schiering, Wine World, Total Wine & More Rating: Excellent Production: 2,000 cases Alcohol: 14.1% …

    Great Northwest Winein Cabernet Franc- 8 readers -
  • 2010 Mission Hill Compendium mini review

    … give it a solid 90. Available from Marc Anthony wines for $39.95 a bottle in cases of 6. Yumm. From the winery`s web site: 2010 Compendium New Release! 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc A compendium is a ‘collection'; this Bordeaux inspired wine is part of Mission Hill Family Estate’s ultra-premium wine collection. Elegant…

    John Galea/ Canadian Wine Guyin Cabernet Franc- 4 readers -
  • Pinot Noir drives Oregon wine economics

    … Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Syrah – and thus no cohesive marketing message. Danowski is sensitive to the fact that of his 600 wineries, not all of them focus on Pinot Noir. However, the red grape most famous in France’s Burgundy region definitely drives the train. “We have two dynamics going on at once,” he said. “There are two…

    Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Winein Riesling- 8 readers -
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