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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  • What are the secrets of a winemaker with over one hundred 90+ point wines ... ... ... grapes like Cabernet and Merlot give the blend some finesse. When it comes to blends, Robbie is not married percentages. It’s all about style. This year, The Spur brings delightfully smooth chocolate expressions with a delicious spice. And as Robbie says, pai... Read More

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  • Argyle Pinot Noir 2014

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    Had at Eddie Merlot's Read More

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  • Arnozan Lussac Saint-Emilion 2012

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  • Monarch Glen Merlot 2014

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  • Hey guys - I've rather busy as you know.  The NWC Italian Night and we ... we ... Cascina Morassino Merlot Langhe2011 Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel2012 Buhler Russian River Valley Zinfandel2010 Jacob's Creek Shiraz Reserve2012 Delaforce Duoro2011 Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva2013 Kaiken Malbec Reserva2013 Sesta di Sopra Rosso Di Montalcino2011 Te... Read More

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  • RBA, re: Duckhorn merlot, we haven't had a lot of straight merlot so it would be interesting to taste a few side by side.  Have you tried the 2nd label Duckhorn - Decoy? I'd be curious if anyone has put the $50+ Duckhorn alongside the ~$20 Decoy. Read More

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  • JD, my quick take on Cavallotto:  They use rotovinifiers, but are ... but ... but the owner planted some Merlot and isn't very serious about his wines IMO.  He's a great host, however.)  Back to Cavallotto:  Boschis is pretty much their only holding, divided into blocks.  (Vignolo is kind of a part of it, but across the road and just below Mon... Read More

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  • EM, if it was good then you opened it at the right time.The CFO has a couple of ... ... Reserve" Oak Knoll Merlot that we opened with dinner.  We don't drink a lot of straight Merlot so I decided to see how the TJ wine with lots of fancy words on the bottle compared to this bottle I purchased during our 11/14 visit.TJ's lost. The Longboard had... Read More

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  • Santa Luz Merlot Alba 2015

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    cocoa nose and strong, oaky and spicy on palate Read More

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  • V V - Have you tried a Duckhorn Merlot?  They are probably the best Merlot wines we have tasted.Last night was a wonderful time - we were at Wolftrap again to see Pink Martini; this is the fifth time we've attended one of their performances here at Wolftrap and The Kennedy Center.  They played with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) too, so y... Read More

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