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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  • Rex Goliath Merlot California

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    very balanced with smooth tannins, best inexpensive Merlot I've ever tasted ! Read More

    Wine review by nishyniki


  • Promisqous Red NV

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    very drinkable Read More

    Wine review by pamelahb


  • Viña Cono Sur Merlot 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by heyitspavel


  • Tempra Tantrum Tamp Merlot

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    Not bad for a $10.00 bottle of wine. First time I tried Tempranillo. Blended with the Shiraz it tastes very different then most other wines. Not too sweet and pleasant on the pallet. Read More

    Wine review by joeceleb


  • Raymond Reserve Merlot Rouge 2001

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    Drinking this on 5/30/10. I feel like I'm biting into a juicy piece of fruit. The tannins are causing my saliva glands to go into overload. Smells of oak and vanilla. The taste is so juicy and wet. Some notes of berries and oaky wood. I'm really enjoying this wine. Read More

    Wine review by rkim2000


  • Rodney Strong Merlot Sonoma County 2005

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    Wow, lets hear it for Rodney Strong, this Merlot is nice, it has a deep aroma of berry, vanilla and spice, it's taste is one of an oak flavor with a lasting finish. Soft tannins and a beautiful red color. Although I had this with chicken, not the best pairing available at the time, I saved most of my glass for after the meal to enjoy while rea... Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Aurelio Montes Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    Excellent value...maybe the best "quality per dollar" cab around.Smokey dark ... ... too harsh thanks to 10% merlot infused in. Tastes like a 30-40 dollar Napa Cab, all for less than 20 bucks.You won't be disappointe Read More

    Wine review by BasilNew


  • Badie Rouge Bordeaux Blend 2006

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    Still super young fruit. It's sweet with pretty fruit tones, so perhaps I like it better now thinking it would work well in the hot outdoors of the Vegas summertime. Chilled slightly, it would be a nice refreshing red option.- Tasted at Marché Bacchus 5/29/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • I've recently encountered a specific off odor in several different red wines.If I would have to describe it, I'd say it smells and tastes kind of sweaty (in a bad way), moist and just a bit rotten, almost like spoiled darker fruit. Such an odor can make you nauseous. It tends to suffocate all other, fine aromas. It's definitely not cork tainted,... Read More

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  • Château Montet Merlot Bordeaux Supérieur 2007

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    Nice light cherry flavors. An easy drinking, uncomplicated merlot. If you want more to your wine, this isn't for you. No complexity and no real layers. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


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