Merlot Wines have become extremely popular because they are softer, fruitier, and earlier-maturing than cabernet sauvignon, yet display many of the same aromas and flavors. The Merlot grape is lower in tannin than the Cabernet Sauvignon and is grown in vineyards around the world. Merlot provides a soft, medium-bodied red wine with juicy fruit flavors and are always a good choice for entertaining and good times. They're fruity with essences of black cherry, plums, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, currant, cedar, green olive, mint, tobacco and tea-leaf tones. Merlot is straightforward and uncomplicated, and people find them to be a wine that's enjoyable and doesn't take a lot of getting used to. Whether with a meal or by itself, it is a wine that will never let you down.