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Red wine online shopping searches often leads to the ever-popular wine made from the Merlot grape. A dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. As an earlier ripening grape Merlot has become a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin where it adds softness and body.
Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, Merlot is one of the best French wine grapes used in red Bordeaux wine and it is the most widely planted grape in the wine region of Bordeaux. Often, the best French red wine is, or includes, Merlot. It’s flexibility has helped to make it one of the world's most planted grape varieties.
Merlot is often a top outcome in red wine online internet searches. It is made across the globe and tends to be made for 2 types of Merlot advocates; internationalists like the emphasis on the late harvesting to produce riper, inky, purple colored wines that are full in body. Plush, velvety and softer on the palate with plum and blackberry fruit aromas. The traditionalists prefer the harvesting of Merlot earlier to produce more medium-bodied wines with lower alcohol levels. This style shows fresher red fruit flavors of raspberries and strawberries but in cooler years produces wines that display leafy and vegetal notes.
89 / 100 - James Suckling
Surprisingly, "Baronesc". Its 4 months of barrel aging only tames its' robust and youthful palate.
Intense purple color with cherry red hues. Fresh nose with plum, cherry and smooth red peppers notes from Cabernet and Merlot. Combined notes with roasted coffee, coconut, honey and vanilla notes given by the French and American oak barrel. Fresh and round- mouth wine with a final astringent touch.
An intense "Claret" style from Saint Macaire. Merlot is dominant with 70% in the blend along with Cabernet Sauvignon. Ample & rich with good body & classically balanced. Rounded, fruity flavours of kirsch, blackberry & vanilla with a lovely nose of rose petals & anise with a touch of blueberry. A lingering, long finish.
100% Merlot, this wine has a deep purple/red colour and a bouquet of cassis with hints of vanilla. A full bodied wine with rich plummy fruit and cassis hints leaving an elegant long and peppery finish, typical of this varietal.
92 / 100 - James Suckling
Deep red cherry color with violet rim. Fresh nose, with wild berries and dark fruits aromas. The oak is very well integrated into the wine, providing well layered high toast coffee notes that show a soft aging in oak barrels. In the mouth, it tastes rounded, powerful and elegant.
93pts - James Halliday
"Bright & clear red-purple; clean, deep varietal redcurrant & blackcurrant fruit aromas lead into a palate with excellent texture, structure & weight. Has very clear varietal fruit definition."- James Halliday
90 / 100 - James Suckling
A seriously fun wine. 12 month in the barrel has softened the restless character of this modern Ribera.
Intense purple colour with cherry red hues. Fresh nose with red fruits, balsamic and spices notes such as coffee and coconut. An aromatic elegance built on the ageing at French oak barrels. A powerful round-mouth wine, elegant but easy to drink. The result is a wine with a more modern and elegant style so that all people can enjoy it.