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Episode VIII: Fruity Reds


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Merlot

Merlot is one of the so-called Bordeaux varieties and as such, can be both earthy and herbal, yet I’ve opted to pull it into the fruity category. What gives! Well, Merlot is also kind of fruity. In fact, in many parts of the world (New World I should say), Merlot can be a downright fruit bomb full of plummy and black cherry flavors that are supported by the grape’s signature soft structure. That softness can enhance the fruitiness of merlot by leaving it free and unfettered.

That’s the rub about Merlot, and probably why it was the subject of so much Sideways-related scorn. In truth, the popularity of Merlot has taken a hit over the past few years, which has led quite a few follow the fad producer to graft over the vines or otherwise find new uses for the Merlot that they did produce. The results? There’s a ton of great Merlot out there and prices have yet to catch up with the resurgent quality. If you’re looking for the wine of the moment though, may I direct your attention to…

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  • Snooth User: steve666
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    almost 40 years ago I read that Gamay and Gamay Beaujolais are not the same grape. What is the current thinking about the DNA of these two?

    Oct 11, 2011 at 7:08 AM


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