Merlot Wines, Malbec Wines




Merlot Wines

Merlot is a red wine. There are about 600,000 acres of merlot planted in world wine regions. Most plantings are in France, Italy, USA, Chile, and Australia. Known for its` fruity flavour, moderate tannins and balanced medium acidity, Merlot is the second most planted grape in the world, and the most planted varietal in Bordeaux France, where it is a blend in the world famous Bordeaux red wines.

Malbec Wines

Malbec grapes are used to make red wines and also used as a blend in other wines such as the Bordueaux red wines. It is only a small percentage of the blend in Bordeaux wines, as Merlot usually makes up the largest blend with 60-70%. Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc are the other blends used.

Wine Types

Compared to other red wines; Merlot is fruitier than Pinot Noir, a little less fruitier than Cabernet Sauvignon, and about half as fruity as Shiraz. Malbec is a wine similar to Petit Verdot, Syrah, and Merlot. Malbec has a bold and rich style.

Flavours-Aromas

Flavours in Merlot grapes include black cherry, plum, raspberry, chocolat, dried herbs. Fruitier and softer tannins can be found in merlot wines from Chile and Australia. Bordeaux red blend Merlot are more rich bodied, earthy. Merlots from cool climate regions can taste similar to Cabernet Sauvignon while warmer climate Merlots are fruitier in taste.

Malbec grape has flavours and aromas of: Black Cherry, Blackberry, Plum, Blueberry, Raspberry, Pomegrante, Herb, Spice, Mineral, Earth. It can be oak aged, adding flavours of coconut, dill, and vanilla. Malbec has medium tannins and acidity.

Buying Merlot Wines

Find Merlot wines from makers such as Wolf Blass, Lindemans, Yellow Tail in Australia. In USA, Bogle, and Benzyer, Barefoot, Sterling Vintners, and Marlo make Merlots from California with raspberry, plum, cherry, herb, spice flavours and aromas.

Because Merlot from Bordeaux wines are blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, you can have flavours of black currant, floral, plum, coffee, liquorice, and mineral.

Wine Drinking Temperature

Like most red wines, Merlot should be served at 64 - 68 degrees F. If you put your bottle in the fridge take it out about 20 minutes before serving time. And, to know how the cold temperature can affect Merlot wine taste(or any red wine), taste the wine right from the fridge temperature, then let it warm to room temperature a tad. Once the wine has warmed a bit, taste it again, and you can now taste the flavours and tannins that you could not taste when the wine was colder.

Blending Grapes

The Merlot grape is blended with other grapes. Common blends include Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet France; Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine Style

Wine styles of Merlot can vary from Smooth, to Rich bodied types. Most wine regions have a variety of Smooth and Bold body types.


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George Dubouef Merlot
Varietal: Merlot Style: Smooth Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Cherry, Plum, Spice
Food Pairings: BBQ
Price: $11 750ml Country: France, Roussillon

Piat D`or Merlot
Varietal: Merlot Style: Smooth Body, Medium Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Herb, Plum, Spice
Food Pairings: Pizza, Pork, Chicken
Price: $12 750ml Country: France
Taste Note: Good

JP Chenet Merlot
Varietal: Merlot Style: Smooth Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Black Fruit, Herb, Plum
Food Pairings: Stews, Casseroles
Price: $13 750ml Country: France, Roussillon
Taste Note: Good

Yvecourt Bordeaux Rouge
Varietal: Merlot(Blends) Style: Smooth Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Blackcurrant, Plum, Herb
Food Pairings: Beef, Lamb, Cheese
Price: $16 750ml Country: France, Bordeaux

Chateau Courteillac Red
Varietal: Merlot (Blends) Style: Bold Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Blackcurrant, Plum, Herb
Food Pairings: Stew, Lamb, Cheese
Price: $16 750ml Country: France, Bordeaux

Mouton Cadet Rouge
Varietal: Merlot (Blends) Style: Smooth Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Blackcurrant, Floral, Plum
Food Pairings: Stew, Lamb, Roast Beef
Price: $18 750ml Country: France, Bordeaux

Chateau Roudier
Varietal: Merlot Style: Smooth Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Mint, Pepper, Plum
Food Pairings: Beef, Lamb
Price: $35 750ml Country: France

Chateau Preuillac
Varietal: Merlot (Blends) Style: Bold, Very dry
Flavours-Aromas: Blackcurrant, Coffee, Liquorice
Food Pairings: Lamb Chops
Price: $36 750ml Country: France, Bordeaux

Chateau De La Riviere Fronsac
Varietal: Merlot (Blends) Style: Bold, Very dry
Flavours-Aromas: Dark Berry, Mineral, Mocha
Food Pairings: Lamb, Beef
Price: $43 750ml Country: France, Bordeaux

Yellow Tail Merlot
Varietal: Merlot Style: Smooth, Medium Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Chocolate, Plum, Spice
Food Pairings: Pork, Sausages
Price: $11 750ml Country: Australia

Lindemans Bin 40 Merlot
Varietal: Merlot Style: Smooth, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Ripe Berry, Plum, Vanilla
Food Pairings: Pork
Price: $12 750ml Country: Australia
Tasting Note: Very Good

Wolf Blass Yellow Label Merlot
Varietal: Merlot Style: Smooth, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Cherry, Plum, Spice
Food Pairings: Lamb, Stews, Casseroles
Price: $18 750ml Country: Australia

Barefoot Merlot
Varietal: Merlot Style: Smooth, Medium Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Red Fruit, Plum, Chocolate
Food Pairings: Pasta with Meat, Pork
Price: $13 750ml Country: USA, California

Sterling Vintners Merlot
Varietal: Merlot Style: Smooth, Medium Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Plum, Ripe Berry, Tobacco
Food Pairings: Pork, Stews
Price: $14 750ml Country: USA, California

Marlo Merlot
Varietal: Merlot Style: Smooth, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Plum, Cherry
Food Pairings: Pizza, Pasta with Meat
Price: $20 750ml Country: USA, California

Copper Moon Merlot
Varietal: Merlot Style: Smooth, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Black Cherry, Plum, Sweet Spice
Food Pairings: Pork, Chicken
Price: $12 750ml Country: Canada, Ontario
Tasted Note: Very Good

JT Prop Select Merlot
Varietal: Merlot Style: Smooth, Very Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Cherry, Plum, Spice
Food Pairings: Stews, Pork
Price: $13 750ml Country: Canada, Ontario
Tasted Note: Good

Mission Reserve Merlot
Varietal: Merlot Style: Smooth, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Black Fruit, Dark Berry, Plum
Food Pairings: Beef, Lamb
Price: $24 750ml Country: Canada, British Columbia

Sawmill Creek Merlot
Varietal: Merlot Style: Smooth, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Herb, Plum, Redcurrant
Food Pairings: Pork, Stews
Price: $20 1500ml Country: Canada, Ontario

Malbec Wines

Casillero Diablo Malbec
Varietal: Malbec Style: Medium Body, Fruity
Flavours-Aromas: Blackberry, Spice, Vanilla
Food Pairings: Beef, Sausages
Price: $13 750ml Country: Chile

Luis Felipe Reserve Malbec
Varietal: Malbec Style: Bold Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Blackberry, Plum, Vanilla
Food Pairings: Steak, Stews, Casseroles
Price: $15 750ml Country: Chile

Le Gouleyant Malbec
Varietal: Malbec Style: Bold Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Black Fruit, Chocolate, Liquorice
Food Pairings: Stews, Casseroles
Price: $16 750ml Country: France, Southwest

Wolf Blass Gold Label Malbec
Varietal: Malbec Style: Bold Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Plum
Food Pairings: Grilled Beef, Lamb
Price: $24 750ml Country: Australia, Langhorn Creek

Chateau De Haute-Serre
Varietal: Malbec Style: Bold Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Black Fruit, Mineral, Mint
Food Pairings: Grilled Beef, Lamb, Stews
Price: $31 750ml Country: France, Cahors

DID YOU KNOW?
Merlot is grape that matures early and can also ripen fully in warm or cooler climates.

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