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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  • Twist of Fate Malbec Merlot

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    Very clear and light in color....of which this is cherry/red grape/strawberry ... the Malbec shows over the Merlot, with subtle spice, Earthy deep berry, currants, booze and even some licorice. Overall, this is way too mild for my liking and I don't feel like this is more than a cheap $7 bottle....just has a fancier label...I'm always a littl... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Mustiguillo Bobal Mestizaje 2014

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    Zesty and fresh this shows dark currant, blackberry juicy acidity that combines with spice notes to lead to that zesty finish. Wonderful - drink now - 89 ots - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Mustiguillo Bobal Mestizaje 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by shaldane


  • Sunday was just another day in the district.  We headed down early ... ... wine was exceptional for a Merlot.  We selected the 2010 Barrage Cellars Merlot because the grapes are sourced in the Columbia Valley (Red Willow vineyard in this case), a place we recently visited.  Very tasty Cavateli for Sandra and Pot Roast for myself, along with a ... Read More

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  • Sharecroppers Merlot 2015

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    Totally Delish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Balanced flavor. Very pleasing. Read More

    Wine review by rbashara


  • Sharecroppers Merlot 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by rbashara


  • J. Lohr Merlot Los Osos 2014

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    Merlot gets a bad rap. This is a very good wine. Read More

    Wine review by wlstiles3


  • L. A. Cetto Don Luis Selección Reservada Merlot 2013

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    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Chateau les Trois Croix Fronsac 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex. Fronsac ... ... bottle consists of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc,a typical blend for a right bank claret, and is aged for a year in oak barrels. I started it last night with my supper of roast turkey breast. It is full of a blackcurrant,blackberry and plum style fruit wi... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Bouscasse Menhir 2009

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    Strong suggestions of unsweetened fruitblackberry, currant. Some leather or tobacco on the rear palate which makes the wine seem harsh. Some sourness. Something of a minty aftertaste. Seems to be high alcohol. I dont think I paid much for this wine, and it doesnt suck (oenophile technical word), but I doubt that I will seek out more or reco... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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