Merlot is a very popular red wine with a softer texture than Cabernet Sauvignon. Hailing from the Bordeaux region of France, Merlot has firm tannins. There are several styles of Merlot including a Cabernet-style Merlot, which includes a high percentage (up to 25 percent) of Cabernet Sauvignon. In France, it is almost always blended with other grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and sometimes Malbec and/or Petit Verdot.
(murr-LOW or MARE-low)
Dark ruby red
Black cherries, blackberries, currants, plums, mocha, cedar, vanilla, minerals, tobacco and mint
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