Merlot is the red wine grape in France's Bordeaux region. Although still overshadowed by Cabernet Sauvignon, it has been gaining popularity especially in the United States, South America, Italy and Australia. Merlot has often been blended with other grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon which enhances the structure and flavor that Merlot lacks. Merlot is now primarily popular as a varietal wine.
Merlot-based wines usually have medium body with hints of berry, plum and currant.
Softer, fruitier Merlots from Washington State and Northeastern Italy, go well with dishes like salmon, mushroom based dishes and greens like chard and radicchio. Read More...