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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  • David Stone Merlot California 2004

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    Love all of David Stones' wines. The price is so reasonable. However, I have not been able to find his wine at Walgreens for over a month now. Are they no longer contracted?? with them. HELP!! Read More

    Wine review by dennisktexas


  • Bessa Valley Enira Red 2010

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    Binny's 11/17. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • I enjoyed a nice massage yesterday, followed by lunch at Seasons 52.  I had a glass of this Merlot with hanger steak, and then of course a  pecan pie dessert and cappuccino.  The wine was from Columbia Valley in Washington state.  Highly recommend this one. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Chateau les Bouysses Cahors 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... consists of 85% malbec,10% merlot and 5% tannat and was aged in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my chicken supper.It was very dark in colour and almost black.I thought it full bodied with some bramble and blackberry style fruit with soft and smooth tannins but plenty of structur... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • AL - Since this thread usually gets your attention.... I received my Wine ... ... #1 wine -  The Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyards 2014 - is that in your library?  Pa Read More

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  • Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche Fronsac 2014

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    A touch spicy on the nose with notes of black pepper, black currant and lively heat. This is richly fruited and smoky on the palate with heady notes of dark blackberry and black currant, sticky resinous tannins throughout, good mineral notes of earth and dark plum with the tartness of young fruit, a touch of dark chocolate and a creamy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Grand Moulin Macquin Montagne Saint Emilion 2014

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    Pleasant ripe and expressive cherry notes on the nose, fresh cranberry and a floral note coming through. Smooth, elegant on the palate with a bit of austere spice and a pleasant, oak note, plenty of earth and a crisp earthiness, good acidity and ripe cherry and raspberry fruit. Excellent balance and approachability. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • According to a YouGov poll, forty-one percent of Americans enjoy wine with ... ... ... of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere is one of the most versatile grapes you can pour. For me, Thanksgiving does not involve turkey and Cabernet Franc truly shines with vegetarian dishes. Fall flavors such as rosemary, sage and thyme all pair well wi... Read More

    From the article The One and Only Wine You Need This Thanksgiving


  • Mimi's House Wine Table Red

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    No written review

    Wine review by thaicat6


  • Elian du Ros le Vin Est Un Fete Cotes du Marmandais 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Primrose Hill ... cabernet franc and 20% merlot.and was aged in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.My first impresion was that this is a dry wine but there is some slightly sweet and spicy cherry style fruit. It is full bodied and well structured. In short... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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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