from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A variety of grape originating in southern France and Italy.
- n. A dry red wine made from this grape.
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- n. A dry red wine of a certain French type.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. black wine grape originally from the region of Bordeaux
- n. dry red wine made from a grape grown widely in Bordeaux and California
Perhaps Merlot is a grape that truly reflects the terroir in a very pure way.
Merlot is not a feature grape in parts of Bordeaux but it is very important in all of Bordeaux.
Merlot is also considered by many to be a cool climate grape along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Merlot is still rather middling in the bigger picture.
But aren't we wasting breath speculating on the potential of Merlot from the FL?
The 2004 Merlot is blended with 17% Cabernet Franc and has a long -- somewhat peppery finish.
But, stating that that Merlot is the "premier red varietal" on LI, without divulging your occupation, might be seen as propaganda.
I'll be tasting a wine that I've never tasted before (and only ever seen once in passing): Miceli Vineyards 2001 Merlot from the North Fork of Long Island, a gift from my friends at Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard.
Their 2005 Merlot is an extremely worthy double gold.
Someone should tell the Utah DMV that Merlot is a grape, not an intoxicant.
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