Softer and fruitier than
Cabernet, it is also capable of producing wines of substantial intensity
that will age for many years in the cellar. These wines are generous and round, highly quaffable and also capable of developing a great deal of complexity with cellaring. Packed with plum
flavors that are velvety in the mouth, a Merlot is ideal for those who enjoy a stylish medium bodied red. Chateau Petrus
is a good example of what can be done with merlot.
Freemark Abbey Merlot, Napa Valley, California
The history of Freemark Abbey began in 1886, when Josephine Marlin Tychson became the first woman to build and operate a winery in California.
Rich ruby in depth with reddish hues. The aroma is appealing with
nuances of dried cranberry, red raspberry and cherry. The pleasant balance in the flavor, while finishing on the crisp side, is accented by flavors of plum, cherry, dark fruit, chocolate and oak spice, finishing with a maturing tannin structure.
Benziger Merlot, Sonoma
For more than thirty years Benziger has searched Sonoma County for the most distinctive and expressive vineyard sites. Benziger Merlot is marked by aromas of bright cherry, red fruit and black plum with notes of vanillin spice which are confirmed on the palate with flavors of blackberry, chocolate and dried herb.
A soft, textured mouthfeel and lingering finish.
Fat Bastard Merlot, France
A significant amount of the harvest comes from top quality vineyards located on the slopes towards Uzès and to the north of Nîmes,
France. Intense dark ruby color, aromas of stone-fruit like plums and cherries, combine smoothly with cedar and toasty aromas. On the palate its generous, round and juicy tannins are well integrated bringing harmony and complexity.
Hahn Merlot, California
The nose stays respectful of the varietal with the most prominent aromatics being dark cherry, plum, and a delicate whiff of tea leaf over the top. Dark fruit flavors make up the core with added layers of raspberry, and cassis from the blenders. The mouth is soft and developed since the strength of the fruit hides any bitterness and melds so well with the astringency of the new oak.
Snoqualmie Merlot, Washington
Snoqualmie has become known as a leader in sustainable farming and vineyard management in Washington. Grapes are grown on the Wahluke Slope, one of the warmest areas in the state. Vineyards receive only 6-8 inches of rainfall annually. Drip irrigation is used, allowing precise control of vine growth patterns. Soils are deep and sandy with low water-holding capacity.
Montes Alpha Merlot, Chile
Production of Montes Alpha M is extremely limited and vintages are only released if
their head winemaker Aurelio Montes considers that the quality of the wine is up to demanding standards. Handsome ruby-red color. Outstanding fruit, with a noseful of red berries, black cherry, black pepper, hints of tobacco. These elements come through on the palate, revealing a full-bodied wine. In mid palate is round and velvety.
In France, Merlot is the most widely planted red wine variety of all, and it is also extremely popular in northern Italy. The popularity of Merlot in the United States resulted in a significant increase in planting in the late 1980s and early 1990s, particularly in California and Washington on the country’s west coast.
Merlot was first recorded in Italy around Venice under the synonym Bordò in 1855. The grape was introduced to the Swiss, from Bordeaux, sometime in the 19th century and was recorded in the Swiss canton of Ticino between 1905 and 1910.