Species: Vitis Vinifera
Parentage: Offspring of Cabernet Franc
Aliases: Picard, Langon
Grape Color: Black
Regions: Bourdeaux, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Chilean Central Valley, Australia

The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding red wine grape, which also happens to be a close cousin to Cabernet Sauvignon. Used for both blending and as a varietal, this grape originates from France’s Bordeaux region, and is a primary grape in Bordeaux wine.

Two thirds of the world’s total planted Merlot grapes are grown in France. After that, it is Italy’s 5th most planted grape. Merlot surged to popularity in the United States in the 1990s.

Contrary to its Vitis Vinifera sibling, Pinot Noir, Merlot grows in loose bunches of berries. It’s a fragile grape, and its early ripening qualities make it vulnerable to risks such as frost and rotting. That being said, Merlot wines tend to be Read more »

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  • Interesting question about the Chianti and Lambrusco. Short answer is that I ... of the others add a bit of Merlot or Cab and age in barrique instead of the big old tanks, so you end up with a very different style. There's a lot of flux over there right now, so you really have to pick your producer.Zuf - if you're around, give a holler Read More

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  • Columbia Crest Winery Merlot H3 Horse Heaven Hills 2015


    Modern in style. Dark fruited with a touch of sweetness. Lowish acidity with a touch of bitter tannin. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Chateau Jouanin Cotes de Castillon 2015


    The 2015 Jouanin is a decent wine for the price. A Cotes de Castillon (the ... of any note), the wine is Merlot dominant with cassis, cherry and a touch of wood (oak) on the nose; the entry (bouche) is fairly tannic, with deep plum and cassis on the palate. Some elegance and aging potential with a fair pucker on the finish, but still quite dr... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Haha, Zuf I've been telling people that Vancouver Island may yet produce merlot and Cab sav!You should consider coming to Parksville Uncorked, Feb 21-24 (2019).  One evening is a formal dinner hosted by La Stella, including their wines.  I'm going.  Read More

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  • After a huge night of excellent wine my last guest to leave was waiting for her ... Almost equal parts cabby and merlot with cab franc and petite verdot thrown in for good measure there was plenty of structure and strength with blackberry, with savory tones and chewy tannins and good acidity this was perfect for the steaks. Good wine for the da... Read More

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  • Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Medoc France Bordeaux 1997


    I bought this bottle of wine for £20 from the website ... 60% cabernet sauvignon,30% merlot,6% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot and spent 12 months in oak barrels 50% of which were new. I started my bottle last night with my roast chicken supper.It is a full bodied and well structured wine. There is some very concentrated blackcurrant and lic... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • One of the few real bargains left in France are found in the southern Rhone and Bouche du Rhône and fall under the appellation Cotes du Rhône and Cotes du Rhône-Villages.  These wines are delicious whether red or white, and are still affordable at good price to quality ratios.  Their copies in Australia, South Africa, Australia and North America... Read More

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  • Z, this bottle was a gift from a good friend and I've been holding on to it ... 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdo Read More

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  • Chateau la Chapelle Saint Loup Cotes-de-Bourg 1998


    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a wine merchant in Sussex.It is from ... this area.It consists of 60% merlot,25% malbec and 15% cabernet sauvignon.I started the bottle the other evening with my pasta bake supper. It is a fresh and full bodied wine with plenty of blackcurrant,plum and bramble style fruit complimented by soft but struct... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Frey Vineyards Biodynamic Field Blend 2015


    This is a merlot / cabernet / syrah blend. Rich and tasy, well balanced. A little black cherry, sheryy, pickled lemon. It is not very sour or bitter, and has some sweetness. The aroma is on the herbal side. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream

  • With that in mind that, this is how it usually takes place. 2 weeks in (if you may be lucky) arrives the 1st excuse. "I was really hectic with operate today, but I'll make over the missed routine later in the week".

    Comment by 2158733annyjon 2158733 annyjon

  • How do I find the sugar content of selected wines?

    Comment by 1958687Travis Cavnar 1958687 Travis Cavnar

  • I'm not a big merlot fan, but when I tasted Distant Bay Merlot 2004, I changed my mind! This is an incredibly good wine. I savored the bottle for weeks because I can't buy it locally

    Comment by 1876472Snoother 1876472 1876472 Snoother 1876472

  • best tasting Merlot ever! I would buy it again!

    Comment by 930758boyertown 930758 boyertown

  • When I got cancer my treatment made any alcholol taste like metal. So, for eighteen years I stopped drinking and enjoying a drink with family & friends. Then I started experimenting with different wines. Finally found a Merlo with a smoothness I enjoyed. But, with a price of $12. When we went to Trader Joes and they suggested we try Chas. ...

    Comment by 809819thebkkp 809819 thebkkp

  • i have a bottle of 2000 casella peronal selection merlot, is this wine OK to give as a gift

    Comment by 793786helengraham 793786 helengraham

  • Thick and smooth. Dark as ruby. Tastes like heaven... Merlot.

    Comment by 792549Vasilya81 792549 Vasilya81

  • Has anyone ever heard of this wine..I took this off the label Curioso Garcia, De Chile Merlot San Alfornso Estate Maipo Valley Chile Would love to purchase this in the states, not really concerned with the year

    Comment by 792512Diesel1815 792512 Diesel1815

  • My husband and I had a bottle of Cesari Due Torri 2005 and it was one of the best wines we have ever had, but can't find it anywhere. Do they still bottle it ?

    Comment by 764032rboez2 764032 rboez2

  • An economical surprise, I happened on Red Diamond 2007 Merlot, and tried it because it was from Washington State, which I had recently visited and enjoyed the wines from the region. Yummy plummy and cherry roundness on my tongue!

    Comment by 537182granvin 537182 granvin

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