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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  • Wine is not the first pairing that comes to mind when you’re talking ... ... Syrah, 7% Zinfandel and 4% Merlot$12, 13.8% abv. The wine opens up quickly with rich aromas of plum and strawberry, the latter being a little surprising for the grape blend. On the palate it shows mild tannins, big fruit, and a gentle finish. It’s even better the next... Read More

    From the article Brazilian Cuisine is Begging for Wine


  • Duncan - That's great to hear.  I do hope to enjoy it.  Today I ... several wines here - a 2012 Merlot, a 2012 Right Bank Blend, a 2013 Chardonnay, a 2013 Pinot Noir, and a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Something to satisfy just about all wine drinkers I should sa Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • I AM BACK!! And what an incredible experience it was... I must thank all of you ... to a pub. I asked to try the Merlot and the Cab Sauv and the bartender was not happy. I think he poured the same wine twice (I'm pretty sure I saw it). So he must have noticed something was wrong when I took a tiny sip of each (both badly kept, to say the least)... Read More

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  • Well, I finished the basement bathroom with another four hours of work this ... by finishing that bottle of Merlot from Medlock Ames. &nbs Read More

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  • Boomtown By Dusted Valley Merlot 2012

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    Wine review by mcrawford2


  • Boomtown Merlot 2012

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  • Franzia Merlot 5000 NV

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    I recently purchasted two boxes of frazia merlot., every glass contained a disgusting sludge at the bottom. I will never buy your product again. Read More

    Wine review by jimzum


  • V V - That looks like an interesting Cabernet Sauvignon.  Have you stored ... I opened a 2010 Medlock Ames Merlot to enjoy with a.....beef pot pie from the oven.  Yes, I have discriminating tastes.  I could not find this wine on their web site though.  Sandra is down in Fredericksburg VA tonight to see an opera with her girlfriend, so I am on ... Read More

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  • Not a good time to bring up the Clips again.  Ouch.Okay, Terra d'Oro ... ... a much better version of Merlot, IMO, and a glass or two from a Chenin/Viognier blend, also Montevina/Terra d'Oro.  At this rate, I might have to drive across the state again to stock up on Amador win Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau Haut-Mouleyre Grande Reserve Metal Label 2011

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    This modest wine from the right bank of the Garonne is very reflective of the so-called Bordeaux "style" - somewhat taut, a little tart and redolent of deep, black berries. From the "normal" 2011 vintage, flavours harken back to the 1960's or earlier and spell F-R-A-N-C-E. A little thinner than products from the other side of the river, this wi... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • is it on Snooth the Merlot Gibilmoro?

    Comment by 461833Licia Cardillo 461833 Licia Cardillo


  • Merlot Gibilmoro Di Prima

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  • 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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