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A Look At Cabernet Sauvignon And Merlot Wines

Aug 17, 2007
Grown in the famous Bordeaux predominately, the Cabernet Sauvignon grape is one of the most versatile and widely used of all grapes for winemaking. It is the grape used for many of the highest quality red wines in the world and adapts well to nearly any climate that is not overly cold. Recently, the Cabernet Sauvignon grape has been producing award winning wines in the American wine country of California's Napa Valley.

The rich, full bodied, berry flavor of a wine made from a Cabernet grape is also recognized by the distinctive flavor of tea and other herbs. The wines made from this grape are very herbal in nature.

One of the greatest qualities of Cabernet is its ability to blend so well with other grapes and bring out the best qualities in both. When blending Cabernet with Merlot it gives you a smoother Cabernet while maintaining its own unique character.

As with many high quality wines, the aging process is of utmost importance to the final outcome of the taste and flavor of a Cabernet Sauvignon wine. Using different woods for the barrels that they wine is aged in gives each wine a slightly different and unique taste as the wine takes on some of the flavor of the wood. Many winemakers will age the wine in several different woods to give it an even more complex taste. Another trick of experienced wine makers is to use a very small barrel in order to get the greatest effect from the interaction with the wood.

Merlot is a more subtle wine with a fruitier taste reminiscent of blackberries. One of the other major differences of the Merlot vs. the Cabernet is that the Merlot is not nearly as acidic as the Cabernet, being very rich and complex but hardly tannic and quite enjoyable to drink.

In contrast to the smaller Cabernet grape, the Merlot is a good bit larger and has a thinner skin giving the wine a sumptuous consistency that blends well with appetizers or as a main course drink. Many times Merlot is blended with a Cabernet to soften the Cabernet and make it more complex.

Merlot has really developed into a fine premium wine that does well on its own without blending and can be chosen for many different situations. Another great thing about Merlot is that it doesn't require the attention during the aging process that Cabernet and other wines do. Because of its fruity and soft nature and the fact that it has many of the same characteristics of Cabernet, Merlot has become increasingly popular especially when paired with beef or lamb.

Merlot is such a pleasant tasting wine that I often see people out at a local drinking establishment just sipping on a glass of the delightful tasting wine.
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Gregg Hall is a consultant for online and offline businesses and lives in Navarre Florida. Find out about personalized wine bottles at http://www.winebottlespersonalized.com
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