The second most well-known grape in the world has its aficionados and its haters (maybe it’s a too strong word, but you get it!), from the very cheap chilean version to the star of the stars Chateau Petrus, Merlot can express from the juiciest of a cherry to the delicacy of floral notes. All depends from the winemaker and the climate, in a word: Le Terroir. It’s a thin grape, fragile and very sensitive to the climate and any wine making process.
Best places for wines made from Merlot
Bordeaux, Right bank
California, Napa Valley
Blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or on its own.
Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla, Red Moutain
Blended or solo