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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  • Speaking of merlot, opened this lovely red from Swanson.For Merlot this is actually quite good. I tend to find that there is really good merlot and then there's plonk, with very little in between, either it's good or it's not, not much in between. This particular wine has some cab and some petit verdot added in which provide a good hit of dark f... Read More

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  • Chateau Tour Peyronneau Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015


    Eminently drinkable wine. Moderate berry fruit on entry. Some slate/dustiness. Then some surprising levels of tannin. For $25 it is perfectly fine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Certan de May Pomerol 2005


    Opened 30 minutes before aeration via Venturi. Deep (strong) dark cherry nose with a sugar note or two and some subtle (light) cedar bark. Beautiful, enticing black cherry colour just beginning to turn brick red. Entry is soft, seductive, sweet with cherry and cola predominating. Tannins are light, fading, but integrated. Finish is long and sati... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • We're having a blind Merlot tasting tonight at our wine club;  This what we'll be drinking:Should be a fun night. Read More

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  • 3 arrived this week:The 2016 Ayers "Perspectives" Ribbon Ridge Pinot ... Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot Maule and the 2015 Januik Columbia Valley Merlot.&nbs Read More

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  • Chateau Picard Cru Bourgeois Saint Estephe 37.5 2003


    I bought two 750ml bottles of this wine for £24 from the website ... cabernet ... cabernet sauvignon and 15% merlot.and spent time in oak barrels.I started the first bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken.It is a full bodied and well structured wine with some blackcurrant blackberry and bramble style fruit with a hint of coffee or s... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Vieux Chateau Saint Andre Montagne Saint Emilion 2001


    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex for £12.It is from ... in this area,consists of 85% merlot,10% cabernet franc, and 5% cabernet sauvignon and spent time in oak barrels [although only 15% new] I started the bottle last night with my supper of lamb stew.There is some blackcurrant,blackberry and blueberry style fruit wit... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Yes, Montes Purple Angel (Angel Morado?) 2015 is highly touted, and I have had ... semblance on the palate with Merlot.  Maybe I'll plug for a Purple Angel '15... though I will have to travel to Vancouver or Abbotsford to get it.  Still, an outing is an outing, with the wonderfully dry and slightly above average temperatures, quite a nice acti... Read More

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  • Chateau Cos Suzanne Cahors Cuvee Tradition 2014


    I bought a half bottle of this wine for a mere three euros on a visit to ... ... of 90% malbec and the rest merlot and tannat..I started it last night with my pasta bake supper.It is fairly dark in colour and there is plenty of black fruit with a hint of pepper or spice especially on the finish.The tannins are soft but it is full bodied and we... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Well I've decided that I should start filling in the gaps so to speak and ... ... Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot. Always solid and usually in my cellar - it's a great BBQ food wine, ribs, burgers, blackened chicken and the lik Read More

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  • 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".

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

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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

    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

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