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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  • Stephen, you should start thinking in terms of sourcing from the US directly. I ... 1999 Napa Merlot   |  12 in stock  |  $69.99 Inglenook 1984 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Reunion  |  1 in stock  |  $84.99 Kosta Browne 2005 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  |  1 in stock  |  $99.99 Kosta Browne 2005 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir  |  1 in stock  |  $119.99... Read More

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  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you ... Chateau St. Michelle Cab or Merlot is actually pretty decent for what you pay. And in WA, Merlot is probably what you want to start with. They do a fantastic job. Not mass production but fairly priced would be Arbor Crest, Pepper Bridge, Januik and many others.If... Read More

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  • Despite my somewhat feeble attempts trying to find US wine in Australia is frustratingSo I think I would like to build a list of high Quality but not astronomic priced wines my American Snooth Colleagues would suggest I look out forBare in mind that if it is from a very small niche producer I would need to know how I can source it in AustraliaSo... Read More

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  • With springtime upon us, wine enthusiasts around the world are looking to ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon (66%) and Merlot (34%) with its dense blackberry, friendly fine grained tannins and lingering finish topped my list; that’s if you have a spare £175 ($220). “Left Bank?”, I hear you say. For once wine trade lingo is useful; guess what, the Left... Read More

    From the article Bordeaux or Bust!


  • Me either but Stephen has a point. A lot of the 1997 Napa wines didn't fare ... Cot with a good splash of Merlot. Retained a lot of acidity but added some complexity from the maturing process.I liked it less when it was young.Thanks for posting those JD.&nbs Read More

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  • Just got another box of Mike Smith's wines, and have noticed the ABV's are in a reasonable space for today's super ripe Napa market. Maybe it's just the wines I tend to buy from Mike's labels, as he has said he likes the challenge of making higher ABV wines drink in a balanced way.This could have been a PM to OT, but I figured others would be in... Read More

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  • Lodmell Cellars Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2007

    Snoothrank:

    nose of nectar; black currant and pepper spices, but with some mineral freshness Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Merlot 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Disappointed. Above the level of Charles Shaw wines but not much. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Château Ramage la Batisse Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 1993

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot and spent 16 months in oak barrels. I started the bnottle last night with my supper of roast chicken.In spite of being over 20 years old my first impresion was how fresh and fruity it was,There is a blackcurrant,plum and blackberry style fruit with a hin... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Seems as though I have this thread to myself as I have put the last 5 posts on ... ... Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot and Syrah grapes.  Not a Bordeaux blend as they claim, but good non the les Read More

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  • I hv a Bin 888 cabernet merlet 2004, It is still seal packed. I just wanted to know whether this is consumable now.

    Comment by 475506rajan pd singh 475506 rajan pd singh


  • is it on Snooth the Merlot Gibilmoro?

    Comment by 461833Licia Cardillo 461833 Licia Cardillo


  • Merlot Gibilmoro Di Prima

    Comment by 461833Licia Cardillo 461833 Licia Cardillo


  • I'm actually looking for cabarnet merlot 2006 preferable "woodhouse Estate " can you help or tell me where I can find it. Thanks

    Comment by 457107sylvia Gh 457107 sylvia Gh


  • It's great.

    Comment by 439469Louis A 439469 Louis A


  • I understand you will not be selling Matthew Fox to Marc's stores....is this true. If so, where can I purchase Matthew Fox wines. Lou

    Comment by 439469Louis A 439469 Louis A


  • [Yellow Tail] Merlot 2005 I'm a merlot fan normally. Taste was off. Lots of sediment at the bottom. Maybe a bad batch?

    Comment by 3572111BG 357211 1BG


  • I have six bottles of La Francesco 2001 Merlot That I would like to know if anyone is interested in trading for White Zinfadel, Reisling or a good Dessert Wine. If interested please email me @ cphillipe@cox.net. My location is New Orleans, LA. Please leave a contact # for me to call you back if interested.These are the very large bottles. On bot...

    Comment by 351509Summer66 351509 Summer66


  • I would like to purchase a case of your 2002 galerie Merlot as I had a bottle and it was the best Merlot that I have ever tasted. Ronster4@bellsouth.net

    Comment by 351142Ronster4 351142 Ronster4


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