Cabernet Merlot Wines

Monday, July 30th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Cabernet Merlot is usually a blend of two red grape varieties to make a wine that mixes the best qualities of the two types of grapes. Merlot is a red wine grape that is usually used to blend with other grapes like, in this case, with Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Cabernet Sauvignon is a highly versatile red grape variety that it is usually used for making many of the finest wines all over the world. Both grapes, with their distinct qualities, are blended together to make a type of wine that can best be described as the best of both worlds.

With Cabernet Sauvignon as a widely used grape in winemaking, Cabernet Merlot wines certainly have that advantage of having a red grape variety that is considered as one of the finest in the world. Cabernet Sauvignons have the distinct advantage also because it can be grown well in climates that are not too very cold. But it also has a long growing season and may take quite longer to ripen and may provide lower yields. The Cabernet Sauvignon produces wines with high tannin values that can provide the wine with both structure as well as better aging qualities.

Merlot red grape varieties on the other hand offer a medium body to the wines that it is blended with and provide that hint of plum, berry and currants. The merlot provides some fleshiness that comes with how it is ripened at a shorter period of time. It really makes a great and ideal blend for the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. What makes the two red grape varieties blend well with each other is that they seem to make their differences in quality go well with each other.

The Cabernet is typically the smaller grape of the two yet may provide the body of the Cabernet Merlot wine blend. The Merlot on the other hand is the bigger variety and may provide the means to soften the Cabernet and even make it more complex.

Another difference between Cabernet and Merlot is that Cabernet may have that slightly more acidic taste with its greater number of tannins. The Merlot on the other hand may not be quite as acidic and may even be rich and complex without being so acidic. Cabernet grapes may also require much attention as it is aged during the wine making process whereas Merlots need not require that much attention and care when being aged.

The pleasantness and lightness of Merlots seem to quite blend well with the strength and body of Cabernets that bring about quite a rich and complex wine concoction. The combination of their differences in terms of quality, taste and other characteristics seem to make Cabernet Merlot such an interesting wine to check out. Two of the finest red grape varieties are brought together to give wine connoisseurs something different. Their best qualities are finely displayed in the Cabernet Merlot wines that now have become one of the most popular wine blends around.