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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  • Chateau le Manoir Cuvee Prestige Lalande de Pomerol 2012

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    A great job of a Bordeaux causing me to enjoy a Merlot which I find myself impartial too and have been more inclined to buy on the left side of the river; but! this was a pleasant fresh vintage Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Douglas Hill Merlot

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    No written review

    Wine review by harcom


  • Douglass Hill Merlot 2013

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    Best wine I've had in a long time. Can't believe the price for such a fine-tasting wine. Read More

    Wine review by harcom


  • Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Merlot 2005

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    Brocodes.ru , , - . - , . -. https://brocodes.ru/ Read More

    Wine review by BrocodesRu


  • Oberon Merlot Napa Valley 2015

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    2017 Wine Spectator Top 100 #77 Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Chateau de Sales 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine back in May on my trip to Bordeaux.The Pomerol ... ... bottle consists of 72% merlot,15% cabernet sauvignon and 13% cabernet franc and spent six months in oak barrels.I started it last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is some blackcurrant and plum style fruit but I was disappointed that the tannins were qu... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Meritage 2013

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    Awesome wine, but I can't recognize 5 years here. Surprisingly soft and silky (but not too smooth or watery) - has some structure: fresh plums, candied cranbaris, very light berberis maybe. Light oak and minerality come at the end. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Paul - Yes, it certainly is in our library.  We have six Duckhorn wines ... Vineyard - the 2014 and 2013 Merlot (we gave the 2012 to our wine friends Rick & Debbie as a thank-you gift for Debbie feeding our outdoor cats in August) and the 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon bottles you see below.  Very nice wines indee Read More

    Forum post in the topic Current thoughts on our...


  • David Stone Merlot California 2004

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    Love all of David Stones' wines. The price is so reasonable. However, I have not been able to find his wine at Walgreens for over a month now. Are they no longer contracted?? with them. HELP!! Read More

    Wine review by dennisktexas


  • Bessa Valley Enira Red 2010

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    Binny's 11/17. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


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