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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  • Château Cantemerle Haut Medoc 2007

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    Wine review by dlpugh


  • Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2006

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  • Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2006

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  • Lindemans Bin 80 Cabernet Merlot 2014

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  • Domaine du Tariquet Rose de Pressee Gascogne 2014

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    Refreshing and fun to drink. Raspberry, strawberry with bright acidity. The temps have been in the high 80's and finally 90 for several days so I served this with watermelon and it worked - wonderfully. Great little quaffer - drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • RCKR-Don't go too out of your way for the Tapena, it's a solid daily ... ... and price. If you like a Merlot that tastes closer to a cab you need to try to find a bottle. It was a 2012 and it showed excellent.&nbs Read More

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  • Duckhorn Decoy 2012

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    Another good but nothing to write about wine. the entry Duckhorn brand isn't about substance, that i've experienced, it's more about selling to the novice drinker at an exaggerated price point. this is a very easy going cabbie thst requires NO thought or or taste buds. What saves it is the lingering fruit on a beam of acidity that grows. Paul 84... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • MJET- I am looking for the Tapena 2012.  Hopefully to get some some ... ... ... me - I really enjoy merlot - good ones.  So I guess is their quality consistent? what was this bottling like at the 8-9 year mark?  Thanks - PaulRICHARD - Isn't it a lovely thing to look at the sky and see red wine?  Sorta like the harvest moon.  Paul             ... Read More

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  • Craggy Range "Te Kahu" Bordeaux Blend Gimblett Gravels 2009

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    Boy is this good. Bourdeaux all the way. You'll want meat with this. Blackberries, plum, vanilla, earthy/herbal notes and oak round out the nose. Chewy tannins the rachet up not only the fruit, but the intensity of the mouthfeel in general. The taste is well defined with pleasing fruit with additional cinnamon and mocha to round out the palate. ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Craggy Range "Te Kahu" Bordeaux Blend Gimblett Gravels 2009

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    Wine review by JulRenA


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