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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  • Château Rollan de By Cru Bourgeois Médoc Bordeaux 2011

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    I bought two bottles of this wine for £12 from the website ... My bottles consist of 70% merlot and 10% each of the two cabernets and petit verdot.I started the first bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken.There is plenty of a blueberry,blackcurrant and plum style fruit with a hint of vanilla and some soft but structured tannins.This... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I’m often asked by novice wine drinkers if Chianti Classico is worth its ... Red grapes like Cabernet, Merlot, and Colorino can appear in the remaining twenty percent of the blend. As of 2006, white grapes are no longer permitted in Chianti Classico wines. The minimum alcohol level for Chianti Classico is 12% (compared to 11.5% for Chianti DOC... Read More

    From the article The Classico in Chianti Matters


  • Chateau de la Grave Nectar Vieilles Vignes 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... producer,consists of 90% merlot and !0% cabernet sauvignon,and was aged for 18 months in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is some lovely blackcurrant,plum.coffee and vanilla style fruit with some soft but structured tannins.In short,this is ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Went international last night.  Some real surprises - pleasant ones ... ... the money.This Craggy Range merlot blend is something I've been drinking for years - it'll remain that way.Love Melville and this did not disappoint.  Some bacony note, but mostly fruit, pepper, chocolate, mocha, pepper.  Got tannin to acid ratio down pat.  Good effort... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Le Regge Chianti Classico 2013

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    This has pleasant notes of cola, fresh cherries and plenty of zesty acidity along for the ride. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth and full of lively spices and fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Villa S. Andrea Chianti Classico 2013

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    Friendly, fruity aromas of perky cherry, blueberry and allspice with some restrained earth showing on the nose. The tart muted cranberry fruit, toasted char and mineral earth on the palate is quite striking for its lack of fruit after the expansive fruit on the nose. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cantine Guidi Chianti Classico 2015

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    Soft floral cherry blossom and earthy clay aromas with a hint of sweet spice. This is candied and quite fruity on the attack with a floral cherry and strawberry candy note to start but turning quite earthy towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Setriolo Chianti Classico 2013

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    Cranberry, elderberry and black cherry aromas with white blossom and candied fruit. This has a lot of sweet spice on the palate, creamy in texture with chewy tannins, a burst of acidity and blueberry fruit towards the light finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Poggio Al Sole Chianti Classico 2014

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    A bit savory on the nose with light cherry and red currant aromas and moist earth. This is a bit simple in the mouth, with tart cherry and raspberry fruit, a shock of acidity and a pleasant earthy spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Milk chocolate and blackberry preserves on the nose. This is rich, juicy and refreshing in the mouth, providing a lot of depth in a single dimension without being overly complex - fresh fruit, zesty acidity and perky spice make for a wine that's easy drinking and food friendly. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Does anyone know anything about Dealu Mare Romania Merlot 2002

    Comment by 508578MEJD 508578 MEJD


  • 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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