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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  • The steady, high temperatures of the Keenan estate, on Spring Mountain above ... ... The grapes for Keenan Merlot are harvested primarily from the Keenan Estate on Spring Mountain. It is these grapes that supply the Keenan Merlot with its rich flavor and intense bouquet. The remainder of the Merlot grapes are harvested from select vineyards o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Keenan Merlot Napa Valley


  • Chateau la Louviere Pessac-Leognan 2014

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    I bought this botte of wine from the website ... cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot and the wine spent 12 months in oak barrels. I started the bottle last night with my supper of quiche lorraine and salad.It is very fresh and fruity [think blackcurrant,black cherry and bramble] and also very smooth and mellow although there is plenty of structur... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Il Molino di Grace Il Volano Toscana IGT 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • As you can guess, the London Wine Trade calendar is choc-a-block with tastings. ... this famous Spanish variety. Merlot also plays a small part for depending on the vintage, between one and six per cent is added to give softness and roundness to the blend.    Vega Sicilia was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, who arrived from Bordea... Read More

    From the article Spanish wines know no bounds.


  • Throughout my global wine travels, the winegrowers I meet offer a unified ... ... ... but particularly for Merlot, which was all picked by mid-October and showed signs of one of the best Merlot harvests in years. Cabernet Sauvignon was picked in the following weeks, likewise at good ripeness. What happened next no one could have predicted.The... Read More

    From the article A Vintage Success Story (To Everyone's Surprise)


  • Chateau de Fontenille Bordeaux Rose 2016

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    Clean and aromatic with flower petal notes and fresh cherries, a touch of mixed berry and some strawberry notes. On the palate this has a pleasant medium-full mouthfeel, nice heft and notes of cherry, watermelon and crisp minerality, this finishes with aearthy resin and raspberry. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Château Mont-Pérat Red Bordeaux Blend Premières Côtes de Bordeaux 2003

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex. Premieres ... ... producer and is mainly merlot although I do not know the exact cepagement. I started my bottle last night with my supper of cold meats and salad.At first I thought it a little tannic and astringent but after an hour or so it had smoothed and mellowed out som... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Black Opal Cabernet-Merlot 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by momkovo


  • Benegas Lynch Libertad Estate Single Vineyard Old Vines Blend Mendoza 2009

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    Generous and ripe fruit notes of red currant, black cherry and toasted oak with light sawdust and earth notes. Juicy and spiced on the palate with notes of clove, cinnamon and black cherry with a darker blackberry preserve and black currant fruit coming through on the mid palate - gorgeous round mouthfeel and a balanced touch of tannin adding so... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Back in the 80’s Chateau Musar and its winemaker Gaston Hochar caused ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.  “Our whites are delicate and aromatic whilst our reds are rich, fleshy and tannic”, notes Ksara’s Chairman Zafer Chaoui.To complete the French Connection, Ksara’s winemaker is a Bordeaux man, “I was at Chateau Prieure-Li... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region Lurks in the Shadows


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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


  • 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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