Merlot is of a black grape variety which is used in the creation of wines that are less aromatic and have less intense flavors with lighter tannis and acidity. Generally, Merlot has more body and a higher alcohol concentrate than most wines. Flavors are typically categorized into one of two groups, depending on how ripe the grapes are. The more common international style, made from grapes grown in hotter climates, has a black fruit character (blackberry, black plum, black cherry), full body, medium to low acidity, high alcohol and medium levels of gentle tannins. Some super-ripe versions feature fruitcake and chocolate-like flavors. The less common, but more elegant style of wine, produced from grapes grown in moderate or cooler climates, has a red fruit character (strawberry, red berry, plum), some vegetal notes (cedar), and a little more tannin and acidity. Like Cabernet Sauvignon, the best Merlot wines are often aged in oak, gaining spicy and oaky flavors (vanilla, coffee). Although Bordeaux is the classic home for these Merlot grape varieties, it is also popular in Chile, Argentina, California, Australia and New Zealand.