Merlot is the wine no one wants to admit to liking. Besides that whole “we’re not drinking any f*c&ing merlot” episode in the movie Sideways, I’m at a loss for a reason. The truth is, Merlot is easier to drink than Cabernet. It’s rounder and lusher, and with darker, somewhat chocolaty fruit. In other words, it’s what many producers wish their Cabernets tasted like! There’s no shame in loving a smooth Merlot, and if you are after something smooth and rich, check out the Merlot from Washington state, where warm days and even nights lends the wines an uncommon polish.
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