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Merlot - (Mare-low)

Very good red-wine grape, a key player in the Bordeaux blend, more recently grown as a varietal in its own right, especially in California and, increasingly, Washington State. Because it makes a smooth and mellow red wine, it has become an "entry" wine for new red-wine drinkers, especially those inspired by recent publicity about red wine's purported benefits for cardiovascular health. Accordingly, in recent years, for many people, "a glass of Merlot" has become all but synonymous with "a glass of red wine." Black-cherry and herbal flavors are typical.

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