Quick Guide To Understanding MerlotWritten by lanreePosted on 09 12, 2016
Quick Guide To Understanding Merlot
You have probably heard about merlot or even had a glass or two of merlot wine. However how much do you really know about this wonderful wine varietal? Here’s a complete guide to understanding merlot.
Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is said to be derived from merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Merlot is popularly used for blending with Cabernet sauvignon, because of its softness and fleshiness.
Merlot is one of the world’s most planted grape varieties, as it is very flexible. Merlot, which in French means The Little Blackbird, is the second most popular red grape in America (after Cabernet Sauvignon). Known for being soft, ripe and elegant, most Merlots are easy drinking reds that go well both with food as well as on their own. This is an approachable grape varietal and is often recommended as the first red wine someone new to red wine should drink.
Merlot is a varietal that contains at least 13.5% alcohol, but can approach 14.5%, especially when it is grown in a warmer climate such as Australia, California or Chile. The wine is often said to have a plummy taste and notes of chocolate. It’s also considered to be smooth and very easy to drink.