Is a thinner skinned more fruit forward variety than its cousin Cabernet Sauvignon.
When used as a single varietal Merlot has a rich floral and earthy bouquet with vibrant red to purple hues (depending on climate and soil.
One of the six wines permitted in Bordeaux blends. Frequently blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, and also well known as a varietal. Winter tender, buds early, ripens very late.
Clone 1 - consistent producer, slightly more winter hardy
Rootstocks: 3309 and 101-14
Clone 181- (FPS clone 15) Good for long aging wines.
Rootstocks: 3309, 101-14, SO4, and Riparia
Clone 3- Consistent fruit set, yield, and ripening in the fruit.
Clone 348- (FPS clone 14) this clone is noted for its Blueberry character. Works best in warmer climates
OR- Own-Rooted GR- Grafted CH- Cold Hearty
XCH- Extreem Cold Hearty DR- Disease Resistant WH- White Grape
RD- Red Grape HB- Hybrid NA- Native
ON- Ornamental RYT- Royalties