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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  • From Gascony. 50% Tannat/50% Merlot Fairly pedestrian, in my view.  The good thing about Old World wines is that they don't smack you with sweet fruit.  This one has unsweetened dark berriies on the tip of the tongue but then there is leather or tobacco or something on the rear palate that just seems harsh.  Then there is some sourness and unbal... Read More

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  • Chateau Belle Cure Bordeaux France Merlot Blend 2015

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    Wine review by Phil Ned


  • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2012

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    Blackberries, chocolate, spice, anise on the nose follow well to the palate. Mellowed tannins and acidity lead to a well heeled aftertaste. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2012

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    Wine review by wenwyia


  • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2012

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  • Maverick Estate Winery Rubeus 2014

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    This relatively new winery from Oliver BC has produced a fine, if ... blend of Syrah and Merlot (with a smattering of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon); colour is opaque, dark cherry with a scent of crushed cherry and cedar frond. The palate introduces some Syrah pedigree with deep red fruit, tannic pucker (leather), a hint of smoke, cream and a l... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • the more robust the better, up to $150ishAmerican? Get a 1/2 bottle of some ... from JD above. Or for Cab/Merlot try Quilceda Creek from Columbia Valley. All of those should be over 15.5 abv easy.European? Get some Amarone della Valpolicella. Quintarelli will set you back about $800 and Dal Forno about half that, so instead go for I Campi Camp... Read More

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  • Looking for a really full bodied red wine - the more robust the better, up to $150ish. Thanks!   Read More

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  • Margaret river Red Blends - cab/Merlot  unless otherwise stated [avoid 06 lot of stuck ferments]Cullen Diana MadelaineVoyager Estate [a cheaper version - Girt by Sea is ok]Moss Wood  - Straight CabVasse Felix - Straight Cab - the top one is Heystebury which is excellentPierro - bit inconsistentLeeuwin Estate - Straight Cab can be a bit dissappoi... Read More

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  • 100 Mile Merlot 2015

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    Seemingly mild on the attack. The spice kicks in after. Blackberry with a moderate finish. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


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