Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Merlot
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Come back Merlot! Come back! Mmmmmm…..Merlot. It is easily one of the most widely-planted grapes throughout the world, and is produced in almost every wine region on the planet. Merlot has fallen out of favour for most consumers, scooching over to play second fiddle to the Malbecs and blends that are dominating the battle of the basket.
We want to see the great Merlots come back into fashion and we are happy to share with you this little Canadian gem. Black Sage Vineyards lies in the hottest, driest and sunniest pocket of the Okanagan Valley - perfect conditions to create dark, flavourful and plump Merlot grapes.
An intensely-flavoured wine, this Merlot is really jammy with lots of savoury brown butter and caramel notes. Full bodied and plush, it is a very well-balanced wine! Delicious.
Merlot is my favourite grape. I say that with a bit of hesitation only because I hate to exclude all the other amazing grapes out there, but I do like to root for the underdog. Merlot suffered a hit in its reputation because of the 2004 movie "Sideways." If you haven't seen it yet, please do. A well-made Merlot is a thing of beauty and the Black Sage Merlot has everything I love in red wine. Richness, flavour intensity, soft tannins and balance. The main flavour is black cherries with just the right amount of dark chocolate on the finish. Absolutely delicious!
About the Producer
Black Sage Vineyard
Summerland, British Columbia, Canada