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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  • Gazin Pomerol 2006

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    One can be cynical in many things, but not about Pomerol;this fine property ... entry shows the pedigree of Merlot with the panoply of red fruit and soft finish. A very fine wine 9 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I don't know about that Fox but you're right, I was interested in the ... ... to be Kadarka, much like Merlot is the base for much Bordeaux, but after phylloxera, a few world wars, and communism, all that changed.Here’s something from a symposium in Eger about twenty years ago:"The most significant variety is the Kadarka grape, which provides ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Aoyo Mermaid Syrah Merlot 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Sheraz123


  • Aoyo Mermaid Syrah Merlot 2014

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    Two grapes blending, get a well balance, midium wine body and fruit flavor, soft taste Read More

    Wine review by Sheraz123


  • Chteau Puygueraud Francs Cote Bordeaux 2009

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    Not a subtle wine at all. 24+ months of oak aging result in a wonderful blackberry and sweet black currant on a wave choolate, sweet dark cherries tannins and balanced acidity. This is oipulent and generous. Well done - 92 points - drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • I am the owner and winemaker at Chateau Niagara winery in Newfane, NY. We are a small lot winery of artisan French and Eastern European wines.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Opened this last night. Will finish this evening. 45% Tannat, 20% Cab Sauv, 20% Merlot and 15% Cab Franc. 100% enjoyable. Only $19 Dmucker so shut up already ;-)  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau les Abeilles Saint Georges Saint Emilion 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on special ... estate.It consists of 80% merlot,10% cabernet franc,9% cabernet sauvignon and 1% malbec and was aged in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackberry and bramble style fruit there and ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Les Hauts de Canon-la-Gaffeliere 2012

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    Light cherry and mixed berry aromas. This has well developed cherry, raspberry and cranberry flavors, a savory earthy note and oak spice bringing up the rear which is dry and balanced with a fresh, lively acidity. Easy drinking and smooth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wine 2012

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    Stunning wine for the price and age has done it well. Blackberries in spades, currant, a touch of sweet black cherries on the back end, a slight touch of oak to boot.This is generous, smooth and full bodied. The tannins are rounded and are balanced with good acidity. Tremendous QPR. Hold for 3-5 yrs. or drink, why wait? 92 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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