MerlotThis red grape is a vigorous grower that needs regular pruning to control the amount of yield this vine produces. The grapes ripen at least a week earlier than Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon and has flavors similar to the latter wine. Ripeness plays a role in how the wine will taste with under and over ripe fruit tasting more herbaceous.

Aromas and flavors both before and after processing include currants, plums, black cherry, rose, cloves, oak, vanilla, sweet wood and earth.

Pair this wine with tuna, salmon, beef, red wine and meat sauces, and vegetables like mushrooms. Merlot also goes well with mild cow and goat cheeses.
Avoid drinking this wine with fish, seafood, pork and cream or citrus based sauces.

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