Soft, rich and packed with supple fruit, this noble cousin of Cabernet produces the great Bordeaux of St. Emilion and Pomerol. A lovely blender, the finest examples from California, Australia and South Africa are reds to savour.
In the world of fabulous red's one immensely popular wine is the mellow Merlot. Having an ancestry dating back to the Biturica variety of the 1st century, this widely planted grape is sometimes referred to as a Nobel Bordeaux. Enjoyed by many it is a great choice for a dinner party or simply sampling with friends.
Fruitier, softer, smoother with less tannins, this wine is often enjoyed over the more bold and hearty Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux. The flavor and aroma of Merlot ranges from purple plum, red or black cherry, currant, and cedar. At times it shows elements of mint, tobacco, and even a tea leaf quality.
A thin skinned varietal, this grape favors a mildly warm climate, but one cooler than the bolder Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux. The favored climates are found not only in France, but in the United States (California and Washington), Italy and Chile. Although somewhat prone to ailments during the growing season, it ripens earlier than Bordeaux grapes and once bottled it ages well over a period of 4-8 years.
Merlot had a surge of popularity in the United States, Australia, Italy, and South America in the 1990's. This popularity rose from being enjoyed as a single varietal rather than the more common and likely use as a blend for the heartier Bordeaux or Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Adding structure and a greater flavor depth Merlot makes these blends tremendously popular among wine enthusiasts throughout the world.
This mellow but complex wine can be paired with a variety of culinary experiences and goes well with medium hearty dishes like roast beef, lamb, heavy chicken, and even pasta with a red sauce. It is even a great compliment to good chocolate. Consider choosing from the good selection of these wines provided by Serenata for any event.