Merlot is a dark blue-coloured wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Its softness and “fleshiness”, combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin. Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, Merlot is one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine, and it is the most widely planted grape in the Bordeaux wine regions. Merlot is also one of the most popular red wine varietals in many markets. It is one of the main red grapes in the state of New York.

At Hudson-Chatham Winery, all merlot is aged at least two years in French oak barrels before releasing. We pride ourselves on our merlot, as our biggest and heaviest of reds. Dark fruits, dark cherry, dark raspberry, mocha, cocoa, and vanilla are big on the nose and across the palate. Hints of spice and fallen leaves. A nice smooth finish with come well balanced tannins make for an impressive wine.

Praise for…

Hudson-Chatham Merlot 2005 Firm and focused, with a healthy dose of toast and enough currant, plum and tabacco flavor for balance. A good dash of grip on the finish. Drink now. 100 Cases. 85 Points – James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Hudson-Chatham 2007 Reserve Merlot Full bodied with a velvety heft on the palate, this Reserve Merlot from Hudson-Chatham offers a striking balance of intensity and elegance. From the nose to the palate, there’s a bounty of rich dark fruit, bramble and smoke layered with silky oak and firm tannins. 87 Points — A.I., Wine Enthusiast

Hudson-Chatham 2005 Merlot Scents of leather, tobacco and wooded spice lead attractively on the nose, but on the palate, the flavors of savory spice and red berries lead to some friction. The tannins are healthy, the finish long, but the wine wants more balance. Still, it has character and will improve with food. 83 Points — S.K. Wine Enthusiast

Hudson-Chatham 2006 Merlot On the nose, aromas of less than ideal ripeness dominate, including green pepper and humus. The palate shows gripping tannins. Honest and straightforward. Drink up. 82 Points — I.A. Wine Enthusiast