Merlot

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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  • We had a few moments to relax this afternoon after I did six hours of painting ... today; so I opened this 2013 Merlot that we picked up last year during a B&B vacation in southern Virginia.  I've had better, as in the Merlot we drank last night, but you cannot have great wine all the time otherwise you get spoile Read More

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  • Prestige du President 2012

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    Has the best of Italian character with French temperament. This wine opens ... ... finish--the nose is a bit Merlot like (which I thought odd). It us a lush wine but not sticky or plummy (which I dislike). 50 % Niellucciu grapes which are evidently only grown on Corsic Read More

    Wine review by heartoglass


  • Markham Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2013

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    Half an open bottle taken home from Jack & Rosanne's 50th wedding anniversary. Did not drink the remainder for a week+ after it had been opened. That said, no complaints and no accolades. It was still drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Yesterday we conducted another wine tasting party at our friends Sally & ... ... a Cabernet Franc, and a Merlot / Cabernet Franc blend.  The favorite of the group was our 2012 Glen Manor T. Ruth - the Merlot / Cabernet Franc red blend.  We brought the prize bottle (2009 Muse Vineyards Clio, which won the Virginia Governor's Cup in 2015) that ... Read More

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  • Trentadue la Storia Merlot 2012

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    Not an earth shattering merlot but solid with good quality wine making behind it. A core of dark berry fruit, spice, woody notes, anise and chocolate leads to a sweetish flush of dark cherry tannins that are chewy and framing. Balanced acidity leads to a nice finish that's short but full. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Last night Sandra cooked an interesting dish - chicken (pan cooked with one of ... a wonderful 2010 Duckhorn Merlot to wash it down wit Read More

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  • Muirfield Estate Merlot California 2005

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    Fantastic! Rich dark cherry flavor. Robust but not dry. Read More

    Wine review by mjmckool


  • Grayson Cellars Merlot Lot 6 2011

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    Had on sailing ship off key west Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by XZYMURGIST


  • Malvasia Dezzani 2009

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    I first taste this wine in Aviano, Italy and loved it. I often drink Merlot, but this wine was a mixture of dry, sweet, and sparkling which made my taste buds explode with flavor. This is a must have in the U.S.A. Please let me know where to buy in Vegas. Read More

    Wine review by finewines725


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  • 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

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  • 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. ...

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  • 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


  • Does anyone know anything about Dealu Mare Romania Merlot 2002

    Comment by 508578MEJD 508578 MEJD


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