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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  • Bananas!Kathy - one piece of advice I'd give is that restaurants are ... ... they paid for the bottle.But Merlot is a great grape and that's why it's so widely planted. It makes up most of the plantings in Bordeaux for example, and it's all over the world. A lot of it is planted in places that aren't really great for it so it can sometimes be ... Read More

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  • Chateau Franc-Cardinal Francs Cotes de Bordeaux 2010


    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from in West ... ... and consists of 72% merlot,24% cabernet franc and 4% malbec and is aged in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of lamb shanks and I did enjoy it.There is some fairly tart blackcurrant and cherry style fruit and it was a little overtannic.... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Kathy: I can't really tell exactly when I became aware of wine because my ... like you've had enough merlot for a while, try something different, maybe one of those amarones, which are plummy and ripe, so kind of similar, or a blend with some merlot.  Something kind of low acid, low tannin is in your wheelhouse, I'm guessing.  Ask the server o... Read More

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  • Kathy,You might hear people say to expand your tastes and experiences, but I ... will make you think maybe merlot, although good, may not be the 'best'.  You'll know when it's time to get out of the merlot box :)&nbs Read More

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  • That's really great DVOGLER and RCKR1951.. My first wine drinking ... the ... ... the first time I tasted Merlot wine. I was totally new to wine, so it was my friend who bought me that wine. First I took a small sip and that's it. I just loved it.. It was smooth and it had plum and cherry flavor and it was wonderful. Every time Merlot wine wi... Read More

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  • Markham Merlot 2014


    Cherry and sawdust aromas with sweet syrupy notes and a hint of blueberry on the nose. Mixed red fruit palate of cherry, strawberry and raspberry with loads of ripe flavors, a burst of acidity coming through the mid palate and a licorice, herbal earthy finish that carries a touch of vanilla and spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Porta Vita Italia Rosso 2015


    very pleasant blend sliding smoothly across the palate with a hint of added sweetness, quite worth the effort Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Pulled a random wine from our neighbors wine closet, looking for anything for a ... ... and found a 2005 Gainey Merlot, a name I'm not exactly familiar with but do associate with some level of quality, from Santa Ynez."Blackberry, and dark cherry pie coated in vanilla and chocolate. The alcohol is a force to be reckoned with, showing its best ... Read More

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  • Recently lots of spammers here, Kathy, is why were so sensitive to it. Would ... enjoy hearing more about the merlot you're drinking, and any other wine you find either enjoyable or, for that matter, pretty much dreck.Hoping you'll join us in talking about such a wonderful libation.. Read More

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  • Welcome Kathy from a fellow Canadian.I too love merlot.  BC makes some beautiful merlot and many other good wines, but you might have difficulty finding them back east, similarly I can't find much Ontario wine in Victoria.How long have you been interested in wine enough to talk about it? 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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