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Monday, January 22, 2018, 6:28 p.m.

Merlot stops cabernet from going over edge

Merlot is often overshadowed by its more distinguished blending partner, cabernet sauvignon. For centuries, merlot has been the preferred blending partner for cabernet around the world. Its role is quite simple: to take away the hard, tannic edge of cabernet sauvignon with its soft, gentle roundness. A famous wine critic once said that "behind almost all great cabernets there will be some merlot lurking somewhere inside the bottle, sweet-talking the ...

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