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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  • Hello all,I'm not actually a beginner in wine preparation. I started ... ... of wine and my favorite is Merlot wine. I had a doubt earlier on how to store the prepared wine. I searched many sources and asked many friends and  I happened to read an article yesterday which had tips to properly store the wine in cellar. Found it very useful and h... Read More

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  • Hi DMCKER,I'm from Toronto.. I like Merlot wine.. Which one do you like?? Read More

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  • I'm Katherine Vann from Canada.. i'm a newbie here and I would like to share my experience and hear your experiences..  Read More

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  • LILI D - One of my favorite Burg producers!Had some friends over for a ... an ... an ITG of Sangiovese & Merlot, had wonderful cherry, raspberry, a touch of dark fruit, smooth, soft tannins and good acidity.  Both fit the main dish well.For desert I made blackberry scones with a dark chocolate topping and we serveed the Hussonet Gran Reserva (... Read More

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  • The annual shifts in our calendar create all kinds of serendipitous ... was ... was mistakenly labeled as Merlot. The grape lived in Chile under this false name for decades. By the late 1800s, Phylloxera had destroyed nearly all of Europe’s Carmenere. Just like the woolly mammoth and the dodo bird, true Carmenere was thought to be extinct. The... Read More

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  • Keenan Carneros Merlot 2013

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    Very attractive, translucent garnet color in the glass. Slightly barnyardy ... traditional softer style of Merlot, and it is very enjoyabl Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • OK, here is one that was delivered a few weeks ago. Keenan has two Merlot bottlings--This one, "Carneros," with fruit primarily sourced from the Carneros and, then, filled out with some estate grown fruit from Spring Mountain. A "Napa Valley" bottling which is, more or less, complementary--i.e., fruit primarily source from the Spring Mountain es... Read More

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  • Weisinger's of Ashland Merlot Oregon Estate Bottled Heron Hill Vineyard 2003

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    Wine review by DRothery


  • Mas Gil Clos D' Agon Tinto Cataluya 2011

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Chateau de Pennautier Cabardes 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London [ www.nicolas.com ] for ... ... Atlantic or Bordeaux side [merlot,cabernet and malbec etc ] and a minimum of 40% from the south [syrah and grenache etc ] My bottle comes from the large family owned estate of Chateau de Pennautier. I started it last night with my supper of pasta bake and I did ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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