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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  • Then, if you want to break the budget, there's always the 1996 Quinterelli ... blends with sangiovese and merlot or cabernet sauvignon ('Super Tuscans') from the northern part of central Italy (Tuscany) when you have a chance, Todd Read More

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  • Hi, my wife and I received a nice bottle of wine as a wedding present that we've now been cellaring for over 5 years (planning to enjoy on our anniversary in the future when its time, online people suggest to 'hold' still). We've never cellared wine before, but it's been fun to have this special bottle that we're waiting to enjoy together over m... Read More

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  • Columbia Winery Merlot Columbia Valley Washington 2013


    Toasted and smoked aromas on the nose with cherry notes. More pronounced red fruit in the mouth, mostly cherry and raspberry, this is full of drying tannins and has loads of astringency throughout. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Peju Merlot Napa Valley 2013


    Velvety aromas of clove and cinnamon spice, dark blackberry and ripe black cherry. Elegant and powerful in the mouth, with big chewy tannins filling the center of the palate, providing excellent structure to balance the acidity. Notes of blackberry and black cherry, with dark chocolate and some licorice, this feels like a big wine but is surpris... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • We hear a lot of talk about organic and biodynamic wine but do we understand ... ... their Sangiovese and Merlot to their Dessert Portage, I find their red wines hearty and full of smooth flavor. Their whites are crisp and creamy, with their White Zinfandel and Biodynamic Chardonnay as my favorites, with a smooth vanilla finish that I can’t r... Read More

    From the article Why Organic and Biodynamic Wines Matter

  • Al, can you tell me a bit more about the Barnett Merlot?  I've been tempted to pick it up at the local Total Wine store, butI have passed each time.  Should I try it?Mrs. EMark is still struggling with whatever crud she has.  I opened a Beringer Knight's Valley CS, tonight, but was not impressed.  Surprising, because I thought that one had recei... Read More

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  • I just drank one of the 2013 Uncle's the other day.  It's ... ... 2010 Keenan Mailbox Vineyard Merlot.  Tasty, with plum and cherry, a little light on the tannins, but better than average acids for a merlot.  This is the insider's top California merlot and I can see why, but I'm still not convinced that merlot is my grape, except in about a 5%... Read More

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  • Chateau la Garde 2012


    The 2012 la Garde has blackberry and raspberry notes to the bouquet coupled ... ... pure on the palate where Merlot notes of cherry seem to come through more strongly at first... then the cassis and coffee takes over after about 20 minutes. There is also some lovely, soft tannin on the finish (the wine will last a few years, at least). Seems... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Of course we've tried them. For years I didn't care much for the reds ... ... beyond just more Cab and Merlot. Their Merlot was always a little better than their Cab IMO, but they're doing stuff like Petite Sirah for example, and doing it well. Petite Verdot is still, well, Petit Verdot. But even their Cabs can be quite good. And the whites we... Read More

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  • Tonight I attended our second tasting of Chilean wines at the Crystal City Wine Shop in Crystal City, Virginia.  This was a special tasting of wines from the Botalcura Winery in Santiago, Chile - special because the Winemaker Philippe Dubrus was there to introduce the wines.  That's me in a selfie with him below.  This winery has been featured b... Read More

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