2015 Darioush Merlot Signature
2015 Darioush Merlot Signature A classic expression of Merlot, the 2015 shows remarkable depth and concentration in its youth, a merit of this shy-bearing vintage. Impressive in its amplitude, polish, and finesse, 2015 Signature Merlot’s supple mouthfeel shows layers of juicy black and blueberry joined with dense savory and spice elements which gain depth and linger on the palate. Cola and dusty mocha are complemented by layers of white pepper, anise, and vanilla bean; while underlying firm, fine-grained tannins reveal its textural polish and capacity for longer term aging.
Merlot is the most popular and widely planted wine grape varietal in France, reaching its true zenith of expression in Bordeaux wine. Around the world, it’s the fifth most planted wine grape. Merlot has also been used to make stunning wines in Tuscany and to a much lesser degree in Switzerland, Australia, Argentina and numerous other countries, as well as in America. Merlot continues to gain in popularity as a grape for wine. In 1990, Merlot was the 7th most popular grape. By 2010, Merlot jumped to second place as the world’s most widely planted grape. Only Cabernet Sauvignon has more vines planted. According to studies conducted by the University of California in Davis, the Merlot grape is related to Cabernet Franc and Carmenere. Thanks to DNA, it is now thought that Merlot is a cross between Cabernet Franc and the obscure grape Magdeleine Noire des Charentes. Merlot started earning a reputation for producing quality wine in 1784, due to the growing fame of the wines produced in the Right Bank of Bordeaux.