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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  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Merlot 2014

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    100% Merlot. 6 months in neutral oak. Ruby color. Lightly earthy nose. Firm tannins at front of palate and again on finish. Lots of black fruit on finish. I think it needs more time in the bottle. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Dry Rose 2016

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    40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Malbec. Soft peachy pink in color. Gently aromatic - strawberry, some light herbal grassy notes. Very fruity finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Croteaux '181' Merlot Rose 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by Edelweiss


  • Fanagoria Authoring Wine Pinot Noir Merlot 2016

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    Fanagoria is always a good wine Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of ... 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Its next door neighbor is the esteemed Chateau Latour. This 1989 Leoville is drinking beautifully at 20 + years of age, it is a deep ruby red starting to turn brick red at the rim, the ta... Read More

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  • Dreamtime Riverina Australia 'Winemakers Blend' 2015

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    the Shiraz and Cab-Sab does a good job of mellowing the Merlot including time in the Oak. very drinkable and pleasant to the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Krimvintorg Merlot Table Wine Dry Red Crimea Wine 2017

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    4,5$ wine produced in Yevpatoria, Crimea. The bottleneck is wide, promising a ... water. 10-12% alcohol for merlot keeps good balance. Could be a good source for sangria but not as table win Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Working outside to prepare for the weekend's activities with members ... over by a die hard merlot fan, and wasn't to bad - sorta grew on you after a couple of drinks. Not my cup of tea as for as merlot goes but, hell it was free.This was good.  Briary blackberry notes with dirt, mocha, spice and flowing acidity all framed by medium chewy tanni... Read More

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  • Mark, what was the Hollywood Bowl 'boorishness'? And how were the ... ... ... SB and chard and PN and merlot from a couple of labels. Plenty of wine and we all ended up well soused and happy with everyone agreeing the PN was best. With that NZ SB all I could think of was 'cat-piss-on-a-gooseberry-bush', over and over again. I imagine the Apsa... Read More

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  • Chateau Haut Rian Bordeaux Rose 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... 60% cabernet sauvignon,25% merlot and 15% cabernet franc. I started the bottle last night with my supper of fish cakes and salad.It is a dry,but not bone-dry wine with plenty of a strawberry,cranberry and redcurrant style fruit.It was refreshing and went well with the mea Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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