Vitis vinifera 'Merlot'
A dark blue grape from Bordeaux, France, that makes a delicious red wine by itself or blended; noted for berry, tea leaf, plum, and currant flavors. It needs a warm, dry climate where the thin-skinned berries will ripen in September or October. Requires multiple pickings for peak quality fruits. USDA Zones 6-10. Ripens in Sept/Oct.