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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  • JD - what do we notice about the last three of those wines? Sheesh.For me ... ... Estate Cab, 1994 Pahlmeyer Merlot, 1964 Vega Sicilia Unico, 1999 Fuleky 6P Tokaji-aszu, and 1968 Tondonia blanco.All just exactly what they should have been at the time I drank them. I still have some of them and I wonder if any will provide the same experience a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines that Sing

  • Yes of course, I'll tell my customers something similar when they ask ... ... the 2012 Cab and the 2013 Merlot. I'll consider those two you recommended, thanks for the tip. Keep em coming everyon Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20

  • The Pairing Collection Chops & Burgers Bordeaux Rouge 2011


    Initially, it began very disjointed. After a day in the refrigerator, it became a favorite. The screw top and price are appealing, as well. Very well balanced, not overly dry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Malbec to me tastes like soap, I would start with Riesling from Germany, Finger ... $15 too especially the Merlo Read More

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  • Hi everybody I'm a small store owner at the edge of the rust belt, my customers rarely spend over $20 for a bottle, and I am looking to improve my selection a bit beyond what is here now. If you have a minute to help a guy out let me know what you think are the best wines that usually sell for $20 or less. Thanks ! Read More

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  • The worst: any dry red from Finger Lakes, NY such as Dr Frank Merlot or Bully Hill St Croix, Apothic Red tastes like stewed plums and feces, Wine Men of Gotham Shiraz tastes like used diapers, Barefoot Cabernet, Hazlitt Red Cat (actually the #1 selling wine in NY State can you believe it) Read More

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  • Hard to say what it exactly is, but we've all had moments when wines were really open and "singing" maybe after a quick decant, or hours of air, they just started to open and catch fire. I can think of quite a few wines that stick out in this way, though it seems like a very unpredictable phenomenon. Also, what the heck is going on with wines th... Read More

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  • A good question, that brings out various perspectives on knowledge and taste ... ... Ancellotta, Diolinoir, Merlot and Syrah in their bottlings. In cooler regions like Valais in Switzerland, pinot noir doesn't have the chance to mature as easily and reliably as it does in California or Australia. The winemakers are looking through those other... Read More

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  • Has anyone had the opportunity to try the Tucannon Cellars 2012 Red Fusion? ... blend of 60% Cab Franc, 15% Merlot, 15% Syrah, and just 10% Petite Verdot. It's incredibly smooth with a very low tannin profile. Lots of oak and vanilla on the nose with a hint of a soft spice on the finish. This is my go to weekend wine because literally all I ha... Read More

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  • A few pictures of the 2010 Barnett Merlot and the 2010 Callejon Cabernet Sauvignon we drank tonight.  Talk about being in pain, these past few days have just worn us out.  I bet we each put in around 10 hours of snow shoveling and it does take it's toll.  Oh, that's a neighbors car that isn't going to be dug out anytime soon.  We are enjoying th... 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 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 @ 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.

    Comment by 351142Ronster4 351142 Ronster4

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