Merlot is an extremely popular red wine variety associated with the great wines of Pomerol and included with the fighting varietals. Merlot is Bordeaux’s most planted black grape and has been enjoying extreme popularity throughout the world. Merlot’s popularity surged in the early 1990’s in North America with California Merlots leading the way and it demonstrated decisively that it had a particular affinitive with the growing conditions of Washington State.
A few of California’s top Merlot producers: Duckhorn Napa Merlot, Frog’s Leap Napa Merlot, Jarvis Merlot, and Shafer Napa Merlot. Washington State has fast become famous for their Merlots: Leonetti Merlot, Abeja Merlot, Boudreaux Cellars Merlot, Pepper Bridge Walla Walla Merlot and Long Shadows Pirouette Merlot to name a few.