The Dirt On Merlot
Merlot is one of those grape varietals that is well known by almost any wine drinker. With easily detected flavours of cherries, chocolate, herbs, blackberries and vanilla (just to name a few), Merlots stand up well on their own or paired with other equally famous grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Merlot is very commonly blended with its Bordeaux partner (right bank Merlot, left bank Cabernet Sauvignon) among a few other varietals and winemakers around the world strive to make their own Bordeaux style blends in their likeness. Merlot is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as these wines together compliment one another so well. Flavours meld, the Cabernets offer plenty of tannin and Merlot helps to build fruit forward tasting notes which accompanies the herbaceous characteristics of the Cabernets.

Besides the ever-enjoyed Bordeaux blends, we find Merlot occasionally in some interesting rosé wines as well as White Merlots. Age-worthy Merlots, blends with interesting grapes like Sangiovese.

Merlots grown in cooler climates can be earthier and medium-bodied with flavours like mint, mushrooms, truffle, forest floor, coffee, chocolate, licorice and spice. Examples of regions you might look for if these aromas and tasting notes appeal to you are France (Pomerol, St. Emilion in Bordeaux) or even Northern Italy.

Alternatively, in warmer climates, we can expect flavours such as violets, cinnamon, mocha, blackberry, blueberry, plum, and raspberry. Travel to the wine store aisles of Australia, Napa Valley (in California) or even Argentina

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