Back to the Basics: Merlot

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Merlot is a dark-blue/ black grape. The name comes from the French word merle which means blackbird. Merlot is the grape most widely planted in the Bordeaux wine region. There are two main merlot styles. One is the “international style” which involves late harvesting that creates a purple colored wine (similar to ink) that tastes similar to plums and blackberries and has a high alcohol percentage. Then there is the traditional “Bordeaux style” which is when the merlot is harvested earlier which maintains the acidity and produces a more moderate bodied wine and alchohol percentage. Bordeaux style has a more red fruit taste (strawberries and raspberries).


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