What Does Merlot Taste Like
Merlot is known for its soft, round, and fruity character. It is often described as having flavors and aromas of dark berries, such as blackcurrant, black cherry, and plum, It may also have notes of chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and even a slight smokiness or a hint of earthiness.
Merlot in Texas is known for its smooth, medium to full-bodied texture, low to medium tannin levels, and moderate acidity. The tannins are usually soft and well-integrated, which adds to its round and velvety mouthfeel.
Where is Merlot from?
Merlot is believed to have originated in the Bordeaux region of France, and is now the most planted grape in all of France. The grape is a natural crossing of the varieties Magdeleine Noire des Charentes and Cabernet Franc. Merlot grapes have been grown in Bordeaux for centuries, and the grape has long been a key component of the region's famous red blends. In Bordeaux, it is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and other grape varieties to produce some of the region's most famous wines such as Pomerol, Saint-Emilion, and many of the wines from the Right Bank.
Where does Merlot grow?
Merlot grapes were brought to the New World in the late 19th century, and today they are grown in many different regions around the world, such as California, Chile, Italy, and Argentina, among others. The grape has become very popular in Texas and it is now widely planted in both the Texas High Plains and Texas Hill Country.
Merlot - Styles of Wine
Merlot grapes tend to ripen earlier than other red wine varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, which can result in Merlot wines having a softer, less tannic profile. Merlot grapes also tend to produce wines with lower acidity, which can make them seem smoother and more rounded on the palate. This is why Merlot is popular among those who prefer red wines that are less bold or tannic than, for example, a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Merlot Food and Wine Pairing
Merlot and its sibling Cabernet Sauvignon have become ubiquitous steakhouse wines. The rich and full-bodied nature of the wine works well with the bold flavors of beef, lamb, and venison. The moderate tannins in Merlot can help to cut through the fat of these meats, while the fruitiness of the wine can complement the flavors of the meat.