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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  • Chateau Lestage Listrac-Medoc Cru Bourgeois 1998


    I bought this bottle for £10 from the www.cellartrade website. Listrac-Medoc ... ... and consists of 65% merlot,33% cabernet sauvignon and 2% petit verdot.The wine was aged in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of sausage stew and I did enjoy it. There is some blackberry and blueberry style fruit with a hint of vanilla... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Château Rolland-Maillet Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 1994


    I bought this bottle of wine for £7 from the website. ... this wine consists of 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of lamb cutlets and I did enjoy it. It is certainly a full bodied wine and there is plenty of a blackcurrant, plum and blueberry style... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Stags' Leap Winery Napa Merlot 2016


    Very pleasant wine. Blackberry on the tip of the tongue--maybe a bit "sweeter" than I would prefer. Some graphite taste mid-palate. That seems to beat down the sweetness. A darned sturdy wine--mouth filling and some pretty serious tannin. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Sitting here sipping on a Freemark Abbey merlot waiting on FedEx to bring my haul from Vincent Wine Co.  Last count I have 60 more bottles pending, about 50/50 CA and OR.OT, it really killed me not being able to meet up with you and D this year, glad to hear you and she dodged that COVID bullet. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Caronne St. Gemme Haut-Medoc 2009


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website. ... 65% cabernet sauvignon,30% merlot and 5% petit verdot. It was aged in oak barrels. I started the bottle last night with my supper of chicken salad.It is certainly a fresh and fruity wine.[think blackcurrant,brambles and blackberry] with a hint of spice and soft uno... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Domaine du Verdier Cotes de Duras Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Chateau Leon Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 1997


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website for ... My bottle consists of 70% merlot.20% cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc. I started my bottle last night with my supper of lamb steaks and I did enjoy it.There was plenty of a blackcurrant and plum style fruit with a suggestion of vanilla and some soft and... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain District Merlot 2013


    Beautiful opaque purple in the class. Brooding dark nose. On the tongue, my ... This is a big, full-bodied Merlot, It's flavors and body suggest to me that it is almost like a mini Cabernet Sauvigno Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Shotfire Barossa Quartage 2007 2007


    2007 vintage...enjoying Oct 2020Pours a cranberry color with Earthy rustic brownish tones and has silky thick legs that run down the inside of my wineglass. The aromas are of smooth cranberry, blackberry, cherry and peppery spices, with a background of cedar and spearmint freshness. Flavors follow suit, with balanced dark berry and Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Leogate Estate Central Ranges Australia 'The Gatecrasher' Balmain 2015


    sometimes to much is not a good thing. This blend may be too ambitious! It crossed the palate rudely than became sanguine. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

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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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