Merlot is the most widely planted red grape in Bordeaux and is responsible for some of the greatest Right Bank Bordeaux wines like Petrus, Ausone, and Cheval Blanc. Merlot is often described as soft and velvety, but it can actually display moderate amounts of tannin and sometimes high alcohol. Merlot can be challenging to grow because it ripens early and buds early. It rewards considerable attention in the vineyard and grows well on the Right Bank in Bordeaux, Washington State, California and Chile. Taste: Blueberry, mint, cigar box, cherry, chocolate, vanilla, plum, coffee, spice.
"A waft of Nilla Wafer opens the bouquet of this light, well-composed wine, followed by fruity notes of lemon and orange, a floral component at its core. Zingy, it remains balanced in the glass, lightweight with plenty of fruit."
"This is a well-made, larger-production offering of the variety that's appealingly round, soft and juicy, with a luxuriousness to the texture on the palate, generously surrounded in a big-bodied style of black cherry and vanilla."
"The Merlot opens with lush, red fruit aromas followed by intense flavors of plums and black cherries. Smoky and vanilla oak nuances are paired with soft tannins leading to a smooth, concentrated finish. This wine pairs well with braised lamb shank, porktenderloin and beef and chicken fajitas."
"Medium-bodied, silky Merlot with plum and mocha notes, soft tannins and a balanced, luscious finish."
"Soft berry, cherry, and chocolate flavors. Cherry, berry, chocolate, olive bouquets with violets & cedar highlight layers of intense aromas enveloped in vanillin oak."
"A sensory overload of ripe fruits and savory garden herbs that overwhelms the nose. Summer plums and sweet cherries create a full entry and even bigger mouthfeel than lingers and languishes with the toasty vanilla from the American oak barrels. Remaining silky and smooth in texture, the wine finishes with sturdy tannins."
"Our Edna Valley Vineyard Merlot opens with aromas of cocoa powder, anise and black cherry, complemented by hints of leather and humidor. Fine tannins and a bright acidity create a rich, balanced mouthfeel."
"This supple, full-flavored Merlot features a fine-tuned acidity that lifts and accentuates a brooding dark-fruit core. Juicy black cherry spreads thick across the middle and is joined by spicy clove and sweet vanilla notes."
"A Merlot with vibrant fruit character. Bright, ripe black cherry, raspberry and plum aromas combined with subtle notes of mocha. Pleasantly soft and juicy with balanced flavors, supple texture and well-rounded tannins."
"Roses, violets, and blackberries infused with the spiciness of black pepper, cloves and mint. Sourced from the eastern foothills of Napa Valley, the wine is well balanced with moderate tannins and a pleasing essence of oak on the long finish."