Soft, silky and well rounded - that's how I imagine a good Merlot to taste.
Unfortunately Merlot has had a bad rap in previous years, mostly due to the over production and mass marketing from warm New World countries looking to corner the market. The Merlot that came from those countries was over fruity, almost "punch-like" and, well, "blah". Needless to say, an impression was made on new wine drinkers who have disliked it ever since.
Thankfully, things have changed and this regal beauty is being produced, as it should be, in it's soft and silky form once again.
Merlot is the perfect blending partner to Cabernet Sauvignon especially in Bordeaux where on the left bank it produces world famous Medoc's.
But Merlot comes into it's own in Bordeaux on the right bank where it is blended again with Cab Sav, just less of it, to form incredible Pomerol and Saint Emilion wines.