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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  • 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

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  • Pavillon la Tourelle 2013

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    No written review

    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

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  • 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


  • Château du Barrailh Graves Cuvée Collection Prestige 2011

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    deep garnet red, with ripe berries and spices. great for grills and barbeques Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Scott Peterson Rumpus Chaos California 2014

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    Another recent Naked Wines selection. Semi-opaque Purple Red in the Glass. Opens with sweet ripe Cherry & 5 Spice; then a bit of Boysenberry/Cherry/Cola; then more Cherry preserves; finally dark herb roasted Cherries and peppered spices. Very smooth and soft mouthful with loads of the Cherry carrying over to the palate - then a blast of Cedar, a... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Chateau les Lauriers de Boyrein Graves 1999

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    I obtained this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/97867. As I was the only bidder I got it for a mere £1.Graves is an appellation created in 1937,although there has been viticuilture here since at least the Romans,for dry white and red wines from 44 communes south of the City of Bordeaux.Chateau Les Lauriers de B... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Podere Ciona Toscana Montegrossoli 2013

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    struggling somewhat with this wine as it seems the merlot is taking away from the sangovese and alicante. just not the best blend! there is a bitterness that belies what seems to taste well. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • DMCKER Seas Smoke was too big on the front for me, I am always left confused by ... Gloss confused.?  and Merlot fans should buy Merot; its much cheaper.sidenote. ** 2 X this week I enjoyed Kosta Browns Gaps Crown ( a vineyard generally too Big in the front is Gaps) but the Kosta was very do-able. and Pinot. 4minute back, 2 second fron Read More

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  • Chateau Tour Saint Laurent Saint Emilion Grand Cru 1997

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... I would guess that it is a merlot dominated blend. I started the bottle last night with my lamb chop and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of blackcurrant and plum style fruit with overtones of vanilla and soft but well structured tannins. In short this is a lovely example of what a good ri... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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