One of the original red Bordeaux varieties that is principally grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the Bordeaux style. Its softness and fleshiness, combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin. There are two main styles of Merlot produced today. The ""International style"" tends to emphasize late harvesting to gain physiological ripeness and produce inky, purple colored wines that are full in body with high alcohol and lush, velvety tannins with intense, plum and blackberry fruit. The traditional ""Bordeaux style"" of Merlot involves harvesting Merlot earlier to maintain acidity and producing more medium-bodied wines with moderate alcohol levels that have fresh, red fruit flavors (raspberries, strawberries) and potentially leafy, vegetal notes.
Lalande de Pomerol is an emerging satellite to the more famous Pomerol. Once considered the poor cousin to Pomerol, Lalande has garnered considerable attention over the past 20 years. A small stream, the Barbanne, is all that separates the two zones, yet many of the vineyards within Lalande share the same geology with Pomerol.
Planted in the seventies, makes it one of the oldest Merlot vineyards in the Languedoc! The winemaking followed a classic pattern without over-extraction. No oak was used, although the wine was aged in concrete tank for 20 months. Of course it is a Merlot, but it is primarily a wine from the domaine’s sandstone terroir: spicy smoky, with a great richness and smooth tannins.
Clare Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine producing areas. The unique combination of geography, geology and climate is synonymous for producing high quality wines. The 2019 vintage was dominated by drought conditions, resulting in early ripening of high quality fruit.
The Me-Mo Rosso is Terre Gaie’s interpretation of a modern and dynamic red wine. Fruit forward, rich and mouthwatering, showing generous red fruits complemented by spicy notes giving an overall impression reminiscent mountain herbs (amaro). The fresh and fruity Merlot is bolstered by the complexity contributed by 15% Montepulciano sourced from the winery estate vineyards. Not technically allowed in an Italian wine labeled Merlot, but it makes for a great combination.
Named after Salvatore’s grandfather honouring his traditional winemaking techniques. This wine is made in minuscule amounts. This unique blend of Merlot along with the indigenous grapes of Veneto including Corvinone, Pattaresca, Turchetta come together in harmony to produce a fresh, food-friendly, full-bodied but very elegant red with great acidic backbone and pretty aromas including violet, morello cherry, mixed berries along with smoke and savory spice from new and second use barrique maturation.
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