(pronounced "mer-low") - One of the great red varieties of Bordeaux. Also produces fine red wines in Australia, Argentina and in many other countries. They tend to age a little faster in the bottle, making the wine somewhat faster to attain drinkability in your cellar.
(mare-low) - A red wine that is similar to Cabernet Sauvignon. mignardise -- (min-yard-EEEZ) Small, one-bite sweets or delicacies, generally presented with the check, as a thank you from the restaurant. The French called them "preciousnesses." They are usually very simple but elegant desserts. In other words, it is the finish to a meal. mignardise -- (min-yard-EEEZ) Small, one-bite sweets or delicacies, generally presented with the check, as a thank you from the restaurant. The French called them "preciousnesses." They are usually very simple but elegant desserts. In other words, it is the finish to a meal.
A lauded red grape popular in Bordeaux and throughout the world; large amounts of Merlot exist in Italy, the United States, South America and elsewhere.
Fine quality red wine grape grown in many parts of the world. It gives scented, graceful red wines with a good deal of fruit.
Very good red-wine grape that produces smooth, plummy, mellow reds, often a key component of Bordeaux blends, and in California successfully grown as a varietal of its own accord. Black cherry and herbal flavors are also typical.
A dry red wine made from a widely grown grape originally used in the Bordeaux region of France for blending.
A species of vinifera used to make red wines. Merlot often tastes plumlike, and can even taste of chocolate.
(Mare-low) - Very good red-wine grape, a key player in the Bordeaux blend, more recently grown as a varietal in its own right, especially in California and, increasingly, Washington State. Because it makes a smooth and mellow red wine, it has become an "entry" wine for new red-wine drinkers, especially those inspired by recent publicity about red wine's purported benefits for cardiovascular health. Accordingly, in recent years, for many people, "a glass of Merlot" has become all but synonymous with "a glass of red wine." Black-cherry and herbal flavors are typical.
Classic grape widely grown in the Bordeaux region of France and elsewhere. The red wine bears a resemblance to Cabernet Sauvignon wine, with which it is sometimes blended, but is usually not so intense, with softer tannins. Matures earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon. In California it is a popular varietal on its own and also as a percentage constituent of the red wine blend resembling Bordeaux claret called "Meritage". It does extremely well in the state of Washington and shows great promise on Long Island, N.Y. Other countries such as Chile, Argentina and New Zealand also seem to have the right climate for this variety.
(Mer-laht) Another fine red wine which plays second fiddle to the bolder Cabernets and Syrahs, but if done well should be a staple in any cellar. Perfect when paired with aged or aerosol cheeses.
Premium red-grape variety, usually blended with other reds (such as Cabernet Sauvignon). Widely grown in France and used as a blend in Bordeaux and other areas. Can lend a pleasing 'velvety' texture and agreeably fruity flavours to a red-wine blend. Increasingly popular as a single varietal wine.
black wine grape originally from the region of Bordeaux
dry red wine made from a grape grown widely in Bordeaux and California
A red grape variety. Adds fruity flavours and a certain softening to red wine blends, especially cabernet sauvignon.
High quality red grape - smooth and mellow wines.
A red grape variety that is grown in most of the same places as cabernet sauvignon and is often blended with it. However merlot is thought to feel a little softer on the palate than cabernet sauvignon. Flavors of merlot that can be detected are mocha and boysenberry.
Probably the most popular red wines in California history, Merlot is known to just about anyone who likes red wine. In California, Merlot is known as a softer, smoother version of Cabernet Sauvignon. In France, it is one of the most important ingredients
(mair- lo) is a red grape variety that can produce fine wine. It is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon.
the most widely-planted grape varietal in Bordeaux, it is a key component of most Meritage (Bordeaux-style) blends. Known for creating â€œsmooth textureâ€ in wines.
Merlot is a red wine with medium to full body and herbaceous flavors. Merlot is typically softer in taste than Cabernet Sauvignon.
Grape variety related to Cabernet Sauvignon and planted widely in St.-Emilion and Pomerol. As wine, usually shorter-lived than Cabernet Sauvignon.
Merlot is a variety of wine grape used to create a popular red wine.
This is the most widely-planted grape variety of the Bordeaux region. The grape is high in alcohol content with flavors of plum and fruitcake. Merlot grapes are early to fruit and are prolific. Unblended, they are soft and easy-drinking wines. When blended, it is usually paired with Cabernet sauvignon. Cab. sauv. gives a backbone to Merlot (which is lower in tannins and acidity) but Merlot can bring a richness and smoothness to wines that would be otherwise harsh.
A red wine grape that continues to build a large consumer following in all areas of the world. Merlot is traditionally blended into the wines of the Pauillac, Margaux, Graves, and Saint-Estê°¨e regions of Bordeaux. In Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, Merlot dominates the wines. In California, Merlot is blended with Cabernet and bottled on its own.
(Food & Wine) Wine grape from Bordeaux that makes a medium to full-bodied red wine.
Prized as a blending parter with Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, France this grape and the red wine it produces, became a fashionable red across the world. Known for softer tannins, fresh fruit flavors reminiscen of plums, the wines are medium-bodied. A popular grape in Washington, as well as Argentina, Chile and New Zealand.
a red grape variety. It is most famous in wines such as Chateau Petrus from the Pomerol region of Bordeaux. While capable of producing red wine with a soft, plummy character that is immediately appealing, it is also capable of producing wines of substantial intensity that will age for many years in the cellar.
(Mair-lo) a red grape variety. This wine varies from a red with a soft, plumy character that is immediately appealing to a wine of substantial intensity that will age for many years in the cellar. Traditionally used in blends, Merlot gained popularity in the early 1970's.
A major player in Bordeaux, where it is actually the most widely planted red varietal. It and cabernet franc dominate the Left Bank, home to St. Emilion and Pomerol. Merlot has been the darling of the California wine industry up until the early 1990's. High demand created a huge market. Many unscrupulous producers got in the game for a quick profit. Today we are still seeing overpriced, weedy, insipid examples. Shop carefully. For a slam dunk, and a much better deal, go to Washington State, or to Chile.
A distinguished red wine grape, as important as Cabernet Sauvignon in the Bordeaux region. Merlot contributes softness, fruit, suppleness, and charm to many of the famous wines that otherwise would be less attractive. Merlot ripens earlier than Cabernet, produces grapes with more sugar, and yields wines with fewer tanins, which are ready to be consumed sooner than Cabernets (although they also tend to be shorter lived). The grape was originally planted to take some of the edge off Cabernet varietals but in recent years has become one of the most successful varietal wines on the strength of its own merits.
is a red-wine grape grown in France, California, and the Pacific Northwest. The wine produced is similar in flavor to cabernet sauvignon, but tends to be softer and more mellow. Merlot is often used as a blending grape.