One of the 5 red grapes grown in Bordeaux that are blended in their wines.  Named after the french word “merle” which means blackbird, thought to be named so because of the color of the grapes.  A later ripening red wine with softness and fleshiness that lends well with blending the the heartier Cabernet grape.  Because of the later ripening and it’s sturdiness, Merlot is among the most widely planted red grapes in the world.  An example can be found in nearly every wine growing region.

It typically comes in two styles.  The “international” style is harvested later and tends to be very fruit forward, soft and loaded with dark fruits such as plum or black cherry.  The other style, “Bordeaux” style is harvested earlier to maintain more acidity and lower alcohol content.  This style typically will have more fresh red fruit flavors such as raspberries and strawberries.

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