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Mer·lot

or mer·lot  (mər-lō′, mĕr-)
n.
1. A variety of grape originally grown in the Bordeaux region of France that is used to make red wine.
2. A dry red wine made from this grape.

[French, young blackbird, Merlot, diminutive of merle, blackbird (probably from the color of the grape), from Old French; see merle1.]

Merlot

(ˈmɜːləʊ)
n (sometimes not capital)
1. (Plants) a black grape grown in France and now throughout the wine-producing world, used, often in a blend, for making wine
2. (Brewing) any of various wines made from this grape
[from French merlot, literally: young blackbird, diminutive of merle merle1, probably alluding to the colour of the grape]

Mer•lot

(ˈmɜr loʊ, mɛrˈloʊ)

n. (often l.c.)
1. a dark blue grape used in winemaking, esp. in Bordeaux and California.
2. a red wine made from this grape.
[< French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Merlot - black wine grape originally from the region of BordeauxMerlot - black wine grape originally from the region of Bordeaux
common grape vine, vinifera, vinifera grape, Vitis vinifera - common European grape cultivated in many varieties; chief source of Old World wine and table grapes
2.Merlot - dry red wine made from a grape grown widely in Bordeaux and California
red wine - wine having a red color derived from skins of dark-colored grapes
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But consumers could be seeking out higher quality Merlots from better sites as direct-to-consumer shipments of Merlot increased nearly 10% in the last 12 months ending in July.
To celebrate International Merlot Day (November 7), here are some moderately priced merlots from varied regions, each with their own characteristics...
We asked members of our panel to taste and rate their favorite merlots. As always, these selections include brief tasting notes, a rating and the wine's retail price (which can vary from store to store and market to market).
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Some 85 wineries are now in business, many of them hot boutique operations that have upped the ante on an industry once characterized by centuries-old technology and only the most basic varieties of reds, like hearty Cabernet Sauvignon and Chile's famous fruity Merlots.
To celebrate International Merlot Day on November 7, here are some moderately priced merlots from varied regions, each with their own characteristics...
For this issue, we asked members of the Beverage Dynamics National Retailer Wine Panel to recommend some of their favorite merlots. As always, these selections include brief tasting notes, a rating and the wine's retail price (which varies from store to store and market to market).
But good merlot doesn't have to cost the earth and New World countries like Chile are pumping out many fine merlots at relatively modest prices.
From intense and supple to fruit bombs, with tannins running from soft to firm, the merlots the panel selected demonstrate the varietal's full spectrum.
Now comes the news that the Hitching Post Winery, house brand for the same-named Santa Barbara wine country restaurant, the scene of all that anti-Merlot invective in "Sideways;" a label famous for its lineup of twelve different Pinot Noir bottlings, has released two different Merlots: a 2004 from the Westerly vineyard and a 2005 from Alisos vineyard.
For this issue, we asked members of the Beverage Dynamics National Retailer Wine Panel to recommend their favorite merlots. As always, these selections include brief tasting notes, a rating and the wine's retail price (which varies from store to store and market to market).