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.
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    • Bordeaux consultant to test oak influence on wine aroma

      Winemakers may gain more influence over aromas in their wines if a new research project led by trained perfumer and winery consultant Alexandre Schmitt goes to plan. Schmitt, whose perfume training and subsequent re-invention in wine has earned him the nickname 'nose of Bordeaux', has started a three-year experiment with barrel maker Charlois on different oak treatments for wine.

      Decanterin Merlot- 6 readers -
    • Five Years of a Full Pull

      In October Seattle’s Full Pull Wines celebrated its five-year anniversary with one person I spoke to traveling all the way from California for the sold-out event (read a Focus Report from Full Pull's early days here). Below, I talk with friend and former blogger Paul Zitarelli about the impetus for Full Pull, where the company has gone over the last five years, and what’s next.

      Sean P. Sullivan/ Washington Wine Reportin Cabernet Franc- 4 readers -
  • Spotlight on Chianti Classico: San Felice Il Grigio Gran Selezione 2010

    … as the Vitiarium. Here they study numerous one-off indigenous varieties, and have even turned one long lost variety (Pugnitello) into a fully-fledged high quality fine wine of distinction. The presence of the Vitiarium indicates an intense interest in indigenous varieties and so you will not see the likes of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot blended into the Gran…

    Just Grapes- 6 readers -
  • Wine of the Week 30 – a great Cabernet Franc from South Africa

    Stellenbosch vineyard with Table Mountain in the distance. Cabernet Franc is a grape whose charms have seduced me more and more over the years. When I was younger I usually found it green, hard and dusty, but growers seem to really know how to manage this tricky grape nowadays to produce wines that are smooth, rich and ripe.

    Quentin Sadler's Wine Page- 6 readers -
  • Flora Springs Gamut, NV First Release

    Flora Springs is located at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in the far northwest corner of the Rutherford AVA in the heart of Napa Valley. Natural springs on the property have flowed continuously even in times of drought. The winery is also very good in making sure people don’t go thirsty. Their Trilogy blend has been delighting wine lovers since 1984 and their single vin ...

    Toledo Wines and Vines- 3 readers -
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  • Christmas wine 2014

    … • Order by noon Monday for holiday delivery for the cheap wine book Wine suggestions for the holiday next week, whether you need to buy a gift or aren’t sure about what to serve family and friends, be it for dinner or just because: • Sileni Pinot Noir 2013 ($16, sample, 12.5%): This red wine from New Zealand has been winning awards around…

    The Wine Curmudgeon- 3 readers -
  • Learning about Wines of Southwest France (Fronton & Cahors) on #Winechat

    … to Négrette, where at least 40% must be included in a final blend. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Malbec, Fer and Gamay are the other grapes permitted. The Colombière 2010 Fronton Bellouguet is a funky wine, where the aroma is sweet anise - very gin like - followed by dark fruit flavors with a nice transition into a juicy tannic finish. Another fantastic wine. This is one wine region I'll continue to explore. Cheers.…

    Todd M. Godbout/ WineCompassin Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec- 3 readers -
  • Villabella Vigna Morlongo Bardolino Classico DOC 2013

    … to that area. With Italian wines, you may see some well-known grapes such as Merlot or Chardonnay, but the vast majority of the wines are produced with unique local grapes. Villabella is a family owned (actually two families) winery founded in 1971. The Vigna Morlongo is a young wine and is not meant to be aged, the sooner it is consumed the better…

    CHEAP WINE FINDER- 5 readers -
  • Daydreamer Wines releases Shiraz and Chardonnay

    … late 2008, he has been the buyer for Hemispheres Wine Guild, a Canadian club for wine collectors. Daydreamer is the culmination of a family winery dream that Rachel and Marcus share. The winery’s Merlot-based blend is named Amelia, for their daughter. Daydreamer launched with about 1,000 cases including Chardonnay and the two Syrahs, one co…

    John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on wine- 8 readers -
  • Blenheim Vineyards

    Following our visit to Trump Winery, we literally went a few hundred yards down the road to Blenheim Vineyards. One can see some of Trump's vineyards directly behind Blenheim. The Blenheim tasting room is unique. You walk past windows looking down into the barrel room as you move towards the tasting bar. Tastings at Blenheim are $5 per person.

    Wine About Virginia- 3 readers -
  • 2012 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon

    Varietal: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 16% Merlot; 2% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot Region: Napa Valley, CA – USA Cost: $50 (SRP) Winemaker’s Note: Lush and smooth with a deep ruby red color and aromas of black cherry, red plum, and sandalwood that lift out of the glass. The wine has an inviting rich entry with a velvety texture and captivating notes of cassis, cocoa, and ripe wild berries.

    George Perry/ The Good Wine Guru- 5 readers -
  • The WineFashionista Guide to the Best Wine Holiday Gifts

    … sculptures are a fusion of form and function. In a collaboration with Robert Mondavi Winery, Batle created the limited edition “To Kalon Vine in Graphite,” inspired by one of the most famous vineyards in Napa Valley, the To Kalon Vineyard. In fact, a bit of To Kalon is within the vine sculpture — Batle took ashes from discarded vines found…

    WineFashionista- 4 readers -
  • Daily Wine News: Right Now

    ….” In Wine Spectator, Lynn Alley writes about a Swiss vine geneticist and his efforts to save a historic vineyard. In the Oregonian, Katherine Cole profiles a group of local women who get together regularly to taste “grower Champagne and nothing else.” In the Village Voice, Lauren Mowery recommends Wines of California: A Comprehensive Guide. LA Confidential chats with Drew Barrymore about wine. …

    David White/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blogin Merlot- 4 readers -
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