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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  • On sale for 18.99, reg 27.99......Black Sage Merlot 2017 Vintage.....from the Black Sage Bench sub region of the Okanagan Valley in BC.  Amazing and reminds me of a good BC/California Cab to be honest....full and flavorful.  Definitely give this one a try Read More

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  • Black Sage Vineyard Merlot 2017


    Nice bold labeling to make a for the juice, well it pours a ... an intense, very flavorful Merlot that showcases the lower yielding vines and extreme climate that produces this wine.....definitely one of the better ones out there and could be mistaken for a Cab even! Very nice and worth the mone Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Chateau Croque-Michotte Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 1994


    I bought this bottle of wine for £17from the ... ... status.It consists of 74% merlot,25% cabernet franc and 1% cabernet sauvignon and spent a year in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb and I did enjoy it There is some blackcurrant.plum and blueberry style fruit with a suggestion of va... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau d'Agassac Medoc 2016


    The 2016 d'Agassac is from a recently invigorated property near Ludon with a ... or less 50% Cabernet and 50% Merlot, and the nose is of spicy cherry cola and vanilla. Colour is opaque red, and entry is fruit-forward (although not Parkeresque) with a light frame or structure and a lot of light tannin, cherry, cola and perhaps cassis with ceda... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Laltre Celler Lagravera Costers del Segre 2017


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Chateau Baracan Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux 2017


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Montelliana Merlot Montello E Colli Asolani 2017


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Provenance Napa Valley Merlot 2017


    Nice full-bodied example from this grape. A viscous, syrupy mouthfeel--do not confuse my "syrupy" comment to imply sweetness, though. Dark berry fruit on entry--blackberry, blueberry. Some dustiness, mid-palate. As expected, quite light on tannin. Pretty short finish. For $15, though, a heck of a cellar defender. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Baron Philippe de Rothschild Merlot Valle Central Wine of Chile 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Chateau Marquis de Terme Grand Cru Classe En 1855 Margaux 1993


    I bought this bottle of wine for £30 from the website.I ... 55% cabernet sauvignon,35% merlot,7% petit verdot and 3% cabernet franc and the wine spent 18 months in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of chicken stew.There is a bramble and blackberry style fruit with a hint of pepper or spice and soft ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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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".

    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

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