History of Merlot

Merlot is the name of a red grape which traces its ancestry to the biturica variety. This was brought to France in the first century. From this stock came many of the varieties we know today - Cabernet, Malbec, and so on. The "Merlot" grape was not named as a distinct variety until the 1800s. It is known as a Noble Bordeaux varietal.

Merlot is not well suited for long aging, so until recently the wine made from merlot grapes was used solely as a blending wine. Soft and compliant, it was used to mix with Cabernet in the French Bordeaux wines. It would bring a more mellow aspect to these wines.

Recently, merlot has been discovered as a delicious wine in its own right. It is being grown for that purpose primarily in California and Chile, and in a few other wine regions. It tends to be more tolerant of soil conditions than a Cabernet vine is, and while it buds earlier, it also can be harvested earlier.

Not quite as harsh as other reds, merlot has less tannin than a Cabernet and can therefore be drunk earlier. It is mellow but still complex, a bit chewy. Merlot is known for the flavors of plums, black cherry, violets, and orange. It is a perfect match for beef and other medium-heavy dishes. Try some with a rich, red pasta dish, or even a heavy chicken dish. Merlot is also an excellent compliment to chocolate.

U.S. Merlot
14 Hands Merlot Columbia Valley 2014 $9.99
Barefoot Merlot California 1.5 liter $8.99
Benziger Merlot Sonoma County Certified Sustainable 2013 $9.99
Blackstone Merlot California 2014 Temp Out Of Stock $7.99
Bogle Vineyards Merlot California 2014 $7.99
Cakebread Cellars Merlot Napa Valley 2012 $54.99
Castle Rock Merlot Central Coast 2013 $7.99
Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2013 $9.99
Clos Du Bois Merlot California 2013 $9.99
Columbia Crest Merlot H3 Horse Heaven Hills 2014 When You Buy 3 or More Bottles $10.99
Columbia Winery Merlot Columbia Winery 2013 $9.99
Cupcake Merlot Central Coast 2014 $7.99
Duckhorn Decoy Merlot Sonoma County 2014 $19.99
Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley 2012 $49.99
Earthstone Merlot Sonoma County 2009 Must Buy 3 Or More Bottles At This Price $5.99
Estancia Merlot Central Coast 2014 $7.99
Flora Springs Merlot Napa Valley 2013 $23.99
Franciscan Merlot Napa Valley 2012 $16.99
Geyser Peak Winery Merlot California 2014 $9.99
Jewel Merlot Central Coast 2012 3 liter $19.99
Kenwood Merlot Sonoma County 2014 $9.99
Newton Unfiltered Merlot Napa Valley 2012 $39.99
Noble Vines Collection 181 Merlot Lodi California 2014 $9.95
Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley 2012 $74.99
Robert Mondavi Merlot Private Select 2015 $6.99
Rombauer Vineyards Merlot Carneros 2012 $31.99
Rutherford Hill Merlot Napa Valley 2010 375ml $9.99
Sterling Merlot Vintner's Collection California 2014 $14.99
The Velvet Devil Merlot Washington State 2014 $9.99
Thorn Merlot Napa Valley 2012 $35.99
Wente Vineyards Merlot Sadnstone Livermore Valley 2012 $13.99
William Hill Estate Winery Merlot Central Coast 2014 $12.99
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Merlot California 2013 187ml 4pack $6.99
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Merlot California 2013 1.5 liter $11.99
All bottles of Wine are 750ml unless stated otherwise
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