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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  • Hi, I'm Bruce.  I'm a UC Davis graduate of enology (26 years ago..alas) and have recently joined Snooth.  I was a former winemaker and enologist at two wineries on Long Island during the 1990s and am now semi-retired in Sarasota, FL.I'm still working in the wine trade, part-time in retail, but otherwise retired.  I'm still active in wine and eno... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Have enology-related questions?


  • Roth Merlot 2013

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    Since Leslie Renaud became the wine maker at Roth, their wines have gone downhill. I will never purchase Roth wines until they get a different wine maker. Read More

    Wine review by Chazz1


  • Chateau Larose-Trintaudon Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2001

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex.Haut-Medoc is a large appellation set up in 1936 for wines produced in 15 communes on the eastern side of yhe Medoc peninsular stretching nearly 40 miles north of the City of Bordeaux itself. It includes several smaller but more prestigious appellations such as Pauillac and Marg... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Let me add my welcome here also Demelza.  As RCKR noted, Margaux is in the ... Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and a couple other red grapes.  There is a small amount of white wine produced there, mainly made up of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.Since you're a fan of Macon Blanc, I'd think you would also like Chablis, which is also made from Ch... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Virgile Joly Merlot 2015

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    Another Naked Wines selection. Strange to be drinking all these young Wines recently. A dark, somewhat translucent dusty Purple Red in the Glass. Opens with Plum/Boysenberry; then a bit of alcohol in leather/plum honey/brown sugar; then cola, cherry, oak, and nutmeg. For the obvious youth, surprisingly soft mouthful with light to medium Tannins ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Fattoria del Cerro Rosso di Toscana Manero 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Soft and easy drinking, this has ample fruit, earthy tones, minimal tannic profile with matching acidity this said food. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Casas Patronales Merlot 2015

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    Pretty good for the price, medium bodied dry, earthy with some dark fruit and red fruit notes, also like a hint of black coffee typical of Chilean reds. Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Gato Negro Cabernet-Merlot 2014

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    This fine trip to the vineyards of deep Mexico is reminiscent of my deepest child nightmares. Hints of bathtub urine, rusty nails, and the anal seepage of a tired field worker. Pairs well with deep dungeon torture, self inflicted gun shot wounds, and nothing short than the entire Saw series This wine is like a sumo wrestler's jockstrap, aft... Read More

    Wine review by eaglebass


  • I am drinking a bottle of Chateau Sauvetat-Loumer 2000 from the Premieres Cotes ... it to be a blend of mainly merlot and one or both of the cabernets but I could be wrong. I did not dislike it and it did go well with the lamb cho Read More

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  • Chateau Sauvetat-Loumer Premieres Cotes de Blaye 2000

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... bottle is a blend of mainly merlot and one or both of the two cabernets.I started it last night with my supper of lamb chops and I did enjoy it.It was certainly fresh and fruity. I would say it was a blackcurrant,plum and redcurrant style fruit but it was a tart style of fruit a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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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