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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  • Went to a Total Wine Caymus Wine tasting yesterday (live web-cast). Yes, we ... were talking up the Emmolo Merlot which I thought was just pure alcohol. Got a 15% off coupon and purchased some daily drinkers.&nbs Read More

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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Had this at lunch at Marcello's Chophouse the other day. Interesting - I asked ... I asked what the wine was, a Merlot, I thought funny, would have guessed it a Pinot. Then of course, the more it sat in the glass, the more it became a 'Merlot', quite lovely though. Next time I am going to ask them to tell me the wrong varietal and see if I can... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Rex Goliath Merlot Monterey County Free Range 2010

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    SHOCKING !! Had this last night - house wine in The Office restaurant, ... ... Ridgewood ,NJ . One of best Merlots in a long time- had no idea how inexpensive it was. SHOCKING ! You have to taste it to believe it- won't be buying any other merlots for quite a while- try it and be prepared to be shock Read More

    Wine review by Orange84


  • MJ - We belong to the Repris wine club, not the mailing list.  We belong ... ... wine, a 2010 Duckhorn Merlot (Atlas Peak vineyard).  Very nice and pairs well with pork chops on the gril Read More

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  • Turning Leaf Vineyards Merlot California 2010

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    I got this as a wine rack filler and only paid $3.50+tax. For that price, it serves it's purpose. Smooth to someone with deeper pallet. Read More

    Wine review by Susan425


  • Puerto Viejo Merlot 2010

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    Highly recommend this Merlot for the price. It outshines all others in this price range and many above. (Out of all the wines I've tried.) Also, my husband hated wine...he now enjoys this Merlot with me. Read More

    Wine review by Susan425


  • Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe TastingWhen: July 24Where: Pierre Loti ... ... are predominantly made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, which benefit from the clay- and chalk-rich soils. Merlot makes up the majority (about 65%) of vines planted around Saint-Emilion, and continues to increase in popularity because of the softer, more approachable ... Read More

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  • Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • Chateau Branaire Duluc Ducru St Julien Grand Cru Classe 1995

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/85406.Saint Julien is a Bordeaux appellation created in 1936 for wines from in and around the Saint-Julien-Beychevelle commune on the Medoc peninsular.It is a small but prestigious appellation with 11 Grand Cru Classe in the 1855 classification,one of which ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Vincon Vrancea Merlot Coteti Beciul Domnesc 2000

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    smuggled it home to the US from Romania! Best wine ever! Read More

    Wine review by jscharpf


  • 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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