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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  • Café Zoetrope Merlot 2014

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Clarendelle Rouge 2010

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    I don't believe that I am particularly suspicious by nature, but Robert ... ... ... fame) and shows good Merlot character (82%)... a bright cherry nose with prune and wet earth for good measure. Entry is smooth, with Bing Cherry and a touch of plum; finish is slightly tannic - perhaps a tad bitter. Perhaps slightly over-hyped, but very good ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Paloumey 2009

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    Blackberry, plum, dark cherry with chocolate, spice and well rounded tannins lead to juicy and lengthy aftertaste that winds on fairly lengthy time. The is drinking very well right now. Drink or hold (3-4 more yrs. Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Tenshen Santa Barbara County Red Wine 2013

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    A killer 1st vintage showing that the winemakers know what they are doing. Given the grapes involved this should sit nicely for another 18 months. Exhibits red fruits (plum) and dark cherry, wood and earth and spice. There is a light chocolate thats rides with the tannins and is balanced by the acidity. Great wine - drink or hold and decant ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Tour de Belfort 2009

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    Wine review by eric29


  • Every wine producing country has strengths and weaknesses, some more than ... Rita 2013 Reserva Merlot ($13)In addition to Merlot (90%), some Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) was also blended in. All of the fruit came from the Maipo Valley. Black berry and plum aromas are joined by hints of black olives. Cherry flavors dominate the palate along with bl... Read More

    From the article Think Beyond Chilean Cabernet


  • What is the point of this survey? It's pretty bad actually. For example:How ... none of them. And then Cab, Merlot, Chardonnay are not "styles" of grapes. They are what's called "cultivars", or to most people, "varieties". They can all be made in many styles, from white to sweet to fortified. If you tell us what you're trying to accomplish, peo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine research for school


  • Pavillon la Tourelle 2013

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Hey all!Super excited to just join the community as I've been doing studies on wine consumption recently with my school.This forum seemed like a place with a ton of like-minded passionate people all in the same place. I thought I could get the best insight from everyone on here.Anyways, I've created a quick 1 minute questionnaire on wine consump... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine research for school


  • Wente Vineyards Merlot 2011

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    like the burst of berries, but found it a bit too cloying Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • 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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