Merlot

Merlot

Overall Impression
Merlot grapes are thinner skinned and the berries are bigger than Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot ripens earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon and is less tannic which makes the wines much more approachable at an earlier age. Merlot can produce velvety, fruity, and lush varietal wines that age well. Low acid levels can be a problem is left on the vine too long.
History
Merlot is originally from the Bordeaux region of France and it is grown in wine regions around the world.