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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  • OK, three questions:Anybody had this wine? Was one of three chateux bought up ... probably something like 80% merlot and 20% some-sort-of-cab, aged in lots of new oak, how do you think it'll go with their menu of lots of real caviar dumped on an order-in pizza? Or should we just think of that as rich-man's anchovies?Guess the sho Read More

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  • Ok, you guys have convinced me to store some of our Zinfandels for a longer ...  I opened the Duckhorn Merlot to recover and now I'm a happy camper.  We watched Iron Man 2 this afternoo Read More

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  • Zurdo Maule Valley Chile Merlot 2016

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    I am not a Merlot fan but this wine was surprisingly complex with it being young and not spending time in the oak. Maybe? for me; Merlot needs to be steel vatted!? Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Indian Wells Columbia Valley 2013

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    Well done wine. Blackberry, dark cherry notes are front and center leading to additional mocha, spice and a medium tannic with balanced acidity finish. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • L'Angelot de Seguin Pessac-Leognan 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... consists of a 50/50 blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon.I started the bottle last night with my chicken supper.There is some intense blackberry,blackcurrant and licorice style fruit with a hint of smoke or cigar box.It is a well stuctured wine but with soft tannins and on the second e... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Ok, I just opened the 2013 Et Cetera Cuvee Rouge (from Moldova), and it is ... ... blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and two local grapes (Rara Neagra and Saperavi), it has soft tannins and a nice flavor.  I would buy this one again too, like their Et Cetera 'Serendipity' that we really loved.&nbs Read More

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  • OK elevator pitch...Registered Interior Designer with a passion for wine, food & travel. Several credits (and bottles) into my Sommelier training. Here to learn, post and laugh a lot :-)Cheers Cora :-) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi Snooth & Fellow wine lovers


  • 14 Hands Vineyards Red Blend Limited Release Kentucky Derby 2014

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    Bought this again this year. Nice party wine. Medium fruit, medium acidity, medium tannin something everyone can enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Anyone know where I can purchase a Christian Moeuix Merlot Bordeau?Its out of stock in Ontario Canada. Willing to purchase online. (Drank my last bottle from 2011).Contact me at boyinsidetheman at hotmail dot com. Thanks all! Read More

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  • Christian Moueix Merlot Bordeaux 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by DustinPratt


  • 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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