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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  • Turkish wines aren’t exactly at the forefront of our collective fine wine ... Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot. The international varieties make the wine juicy, instantly inviting, while the Turkish grapes add more exotic elements. Turasan Kalecik Karasi 2013 (Cappadocia, $15) Kalecik Karasi is named after the Kalecik district in Ankara provi... Read More

    From the article What You're Missing: Turkish Wines


  • Happy 100 pages OT! Tonight we opened an Artiste Prepara which is a blend of Pinot Noir and Merlot. It paired nicely with some bonless pork ribs... Weird, I know... I've never seen it before. It was just the meaty center of country style pork ribs. BBQ'd with Santa Barbara Seasonings Original Rub and with red oak wood smoke. Very nice. If you li... Read More

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  • C-D-B was once considered a pretty good producer.  Funny thing is, right ... ... who bought cases of that Merlot (at Costco, no less) as her regular wine.  I thought it was kind of pricey and not very interesting for $15/bottle.  We started buying more of our wine (including early and good Paso Cabs) from Chuck Hayward at the Jug Shop, since w... Read More

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  • St. Supéry Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    This Cab is deep dark and vibrant. It has immediate intense aromas of sweet juicy black cherries and bitter chocolate with a slight peppery slap on the nose. On the palate it explodes with fruits of overripe berries and plum. There is a mild sweetness that lingers with a fullness that never wants to end. This wine is rich and wonderfully mor... Read More

    Wine review by 40somethinglife


  • It's been said that Greeks are the biggest fans of Greek wine and that the ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot,” he wrote. Lyons also recommend three white varietals: Assyrtiko, Moschofilero and Roditis.  “Look out for Assyrtiko, which makes bone-dry, floral-scented wines,” he wrote. He also pointed out that Moschofilero offers the drinker ... Read More

    From the article Greek Means Good: WSJ Reporter Hails Ancient Country's Wines


  • CA Merlot (no doubt a blend with some Cab in it) with 20 years on, maybe this qualifies...Fruit fading, but holding up well considering, still freshness! Tannins nearly faded to dust. Good drink though, considering the age and producer. Those were just different times.  Read More

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  • Tonight we had a 2011 Sunstone Merlot. Nice black pepper notes, very soft mouthfeel some currants and cedar. The nose is light with some cedar and perhaps eucalyptus. This is our goto red lately and very affordable at $10.00 a bottle in a case sale earlier this season from the winery. We are club members and have enjoyed this Merlot very much to... Read More

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  • Artesana Tannat Merlot Uruguay 2011

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    Wine review by Luke Varsi


  • The first time I had Ethiopian food was back in high school twenty years ago, ... ... Italy60% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon$10, 12.5% abv. While chilled this drinks like a Merlot, but once it comes up to temperature the Sangiovese really shines through. There's not a lot on the nose, but a slurping sip reveals some black cher... Read More

    From the article Unlikely Wine Pairings: Ethiopian Food


  • Menage a Trois Merlot 2013

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    Wine review by snoothrox


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