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The popularity of merlot took a hit after the release of a film called “Sideways” where the main character “will not drink F – (bleep) ing merlot”. Quite unfair I think. Merlot is an important component in the blends of Bordeaux, but will grow in many countries across the world beautifully. It’s a flexible grape and is a delicious, smooth and fruity wine on its own. Researchers have found that merlot is an offspring of Cabernet Franc – and it is also related to Carmenere and Malbec.

Discover our selection of Merlot wines, celebrated for their velvety textures and rich, accessible flavors.

Experience the versatility of Merlot, from plush, fruity profiles to complex, structured vintages. Our collection showcases Merlots that are perfect for any occasion, offering a seamless blend of approachability and sophistication.

Merlot is one of the world's most popular red wines, known for its soft, ripe, and elegant characteristics. At Seven Cellars, our Merlot selection ranges from young and fruity to rich and aged expressions, each providing a unique taste experience.

Understanding Merlot:

  • Origins and Attributes: Originating from the Bordeaux region of France, Merlot is prized for its ability to produce high-quality, approachable wines. It typically presents flavors of black cherry, plum, and hints of chocolate and vanilla.
  • Winemaking Techniques: Merlot grapes are versatile, allowing winemakers to craft a variety of styles. Techniques such as oak aging can impart richer, more complex flavors, while cooler fermentation preserves its signature smooth texture.
  • Global Regions: While Bordeaux is its homeland, Merlot thrives in a variety of climates including the sun-drenched hills of California and the cool valleys of Washington State. Each region brings its unique characteristics to the wine, from bold and lush to subtle and balanced.

Frequently Asked Questions

What food pairs well with Merlot?

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Merlot is extremely versatile with food pairings. It goes well with anything from light poultry dishes to rich red meats, making it a great choice for a wide array of culinary styles.

How does Merlot differ from Cabernet Sauvignon?

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Merlot tends to be softer and less tannic than Cabernet Sauvignon, often with more pronounced fruit flavors and a smoother finish. This makes Merlot more approachable at a younger age.

What are the typical flavor profiles of Merlot?

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Merlot generally exhibits flavors of black cherry, plum, and red berries, with possible notes of chocolate, bay leaf, and vanilla, depending on the winemaking process.

What are some key regions for Merlot outside of France?

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Significant Merlot-producing regions include California's Napa and Sonoma valleys, Washington State, Chile, and Italy. Each region imparts a different character to the Merlot produced there.

What makes Merlot a popular choice among wine drinkers?

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Its popularity stems from its soft, easy-drinking style, which appeals to a wide range of palates. Merlot is often recommended as an entry point for those new to red wine due to its approachable and friendly nature.

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