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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  • Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Milk chocolate and blackberry preserves on the nose. This is rich, juicy and refreshing in the mouth, providing a lot of depth in a single dimension without being overly complex - fresh fruit, zesty acidity and perky spice make for a wine that's easy drinking and food friendly. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Villa S Andrea Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

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    A hint of medicine opens for this wine with a bit of chocolate and floral cherry aromas. This really shines on the palate where strident fruit notes of fresh cherry and strawberry are presented with a buoyant acidity that leads into a puckering tannic structure on the finish of moist earth and cocoa powder. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Dark plum and black currant aroams with savory earth encrusted with minerals, dried flowers and herbs. Restrained and tight in the mouth, dry and dusty on entry but developing nicely on the palate with black cherry and cranberry fruit, becoming quite expressive through the midpalate before releasing a pleasant spice and a creamy texture towards ... Read More

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  • Setriolo Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

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    Good, pure fruit aromas of ripe cherry and blueberry with dense spice and tart plum skin. Continues to be tart on the palate with zesty mixed berry fruit and perky acidity, warm spice and chewy, strong tannins toward the finish that linger along with a dusty, smoky earth and cocoa powder. Read More

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  • Cantine Guidi Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Intriguing smokiness and rustic earth with savory black pepper spice and a fragrant grilled meat note - fruit notes of cherry are here on the nose too, but swept to the side. Much more fruit forward on the palate, this is brooding and smoky with tart cherry and cranberry fruit, black pepper and a finish of bramble fruit, oak and leather. Loads o... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Powdered pastry topping and sweet spice aromas with fresh ripe cherry and red currant fruit. Juicy, fresh and lively with buoyant flavors of red currant preserves and bright cherries, good acidity and a drying mid palate of textured tannins and spice that slopes off into a chocolate, earthy, cranberry and black currant finish that lingers with a... Read More

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  • Castello Vicchiomaggio la Prima Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013

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    Light earth and mushroom notes on the nose with savory balsamic vinegar fruit aromas of raspberry, strawberry and red currant. Perfectly balanced in the mouth with bright cherry and strawberry fruit, a hint of fresh herb and delicate flowers with refreshing acidity and silky tannins in total harmony. An impressive wine with age potential and exc... Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Vineyards Upshot Red Blend Sonoma County 2015

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    Powerful and expressive aromatics of red currant, black cherry and oak shavings with milk chocolate and black pepper heat. Juicy blackberry and black currant flavors on the palate with warm cinnamon and cloves notes, a touch of licorice, mixed berry and warm maple flavors, finishing with a dose of cream soda, cherry and thick tannic structure. G... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Depends on what the winemaker is trying to achieve, bu no, all red blends are ... ... are definitely not cabby/merlot.  Could be Syrah/Cabby, Zinfandel/Petite Sirah and list goes on.My the way - how did you get those corks up in the air over that cabana?&nbs Read More

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  • Vigneto Montesodi Riserva Castello di Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Marchesi Frescobaldi 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


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