Merlot pronounced "Mer Low" is a crowd-pleaser, this red grape varietal make wines which are elegant and approachable and breaks ice with consumers instantly. The wines have moderate tannins and are known for their plum, prunes, fruit cake notes etc. depending on the region they come from. The grape is believed to take its name from the French 'Merle' meaning the blackbird.
Some important Merlot regions:
Best known for its role in Bordeaux blends, Merlot has been planted for centuries in Bordeaux's cooler wine regions of Pomerol, St-Emilion and inland vineyards of Entre-Deux-Mers as it ripens early. Single varietal Merlot wines were not really appreciated until they reached the American shores. American, Californian hot climate Merlots are known for their smooth texture and plum cake aromas. Chilean Merlot coming from a relatively moderate climate is fruitier. There are examples of good quality Merlot in Italy, in the Veneto and notably in Tuscany where it has been blended for famous examples. Outside Europe, Merlot is yet to reach its glory. Better suited to the cool climate of New Zealand and other new world countries, it still has to ground to cover.
Merlot & Food pairing:
Most Merlot expressions of the fruity and easy drinking kinds will pair with popular dishes like pizzas, pasta in tomato sauce, grilled chicken or a meaty fish like tuna, Mushroom risotto, young semi-hard or hard cheese with some fruit coulis etc. You can pair it with mildly spiced Indian dishes ranging from the classic Paneer tikka, dal vada, Amritsari macchi, Chicken malai seekh etc.
Brands of Merlot in the Indian market with their Mumbai pricing
Jacob's Creek Classic Rs 1500
Yellow Tail Rs 2095
Carta Vieja Rs 1446
Concha Y Toro 'Frontera' Rs1590
Conosur Merlot Tocurnal Rs 1650
Monte Pacífico, Rapel Valley Rs 1650
Mancura Etnia Rs 1795
Carta Vieja limited release Rs 1896
Concha Y Toro Reserva 'Casillero del Diablo' Rs 2150
Yvon Mau Merlot IGP Rs 1720
Barton & Guestier Reserve Rs 1850
Domaine Montrose Rs 2099
Charles Rousseau Rs 2100
Giacondi Casa Rs 1199
Zonin Ventiterre Rs 1590
Folonari Rs 1600
Pasqua delle Venezie IGT Rs 1770
Sensi Collezione Rs 1980
Torresella IGT, Veneto Rs 2000
Villa Sandi DOC Rs 2200
Cont'ugo Bolgheri DOC Rs 9950
Allan Scott Estate Bottled Rs 2495
MAN Family, JAN FISKAAL Rs 1995
Niel Joubert Rs 2100
Grove Ridge Rs 2200
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