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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  • Crane Lake Merlot 2011

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    smells bad Read More

    Wine review by Winesnobbyx


  • JD,Good post.  I made pretty much the same statements.  I used ... ... ... and drink some good merlot.  As long as everybody is happy, it's a good lif Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine you would not drink...


  • Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2013

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    Enjoyed the 2012 Merlot very much, even the next day it held its taste and nose very well. Read More

    Wine review by Rsj1249


  • Don't forget that history also applies to farming practices. You grow ... ... ... in the 17th century. Merlot is older and it was useful because it ripened before the winter rains and snow showed up.But the wine that was shipped over to Britain from France during the Roman times and middle ages was not from either of those and it was not grow... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Claret, other historical wine...


  • Spinning this discussion out from another thread.To start with, here is a ... ... Cabernet Franc3% Malbec3% Merlot2% Petite SirahAlso, the front label indicates "Claret," which, to me indicates a blended wine, and "Cabernet Sauvignon," which implies a varietal bottling.  I guess the marketing boys did not want to take any chances.  Clearly, it... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Claret, other historical wine...


  • Barone Fini Merlot 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by fsufans


  • Bell Wine Cellars Claret 2008

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    Dark purple color. Oaky vanilla bouquet. Lightish black fruit on entry. Vanilla pops up, again, in the mid-palate. Apparent, but not obnoxious tannin. Same for acid. Fairly lengthy aftertaste. A full-bodied wine, but, because of the light touch of many of the flavors, a wine that is easy to drink without accompaniment. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Red,Nothing wrong with thread-drift.  In fact what I like about it is ... ... ... Indian Wells Cab Sav or Merlot.  In your budget and nice wine I think you'd enjo Read More

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  • Bv Century Cellars Merlot 2006

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    Such a smooth merlot. Cheap and delicious Read More

    Wine review by fsufans


  • OK, here's an everything-but-the-kitchen sink wine:Get a load of this (from ... Cabernet Franc3% Malbec3% Merlot2% Petite SirahAlso, the front label indicates "Claret," which, to me indicates a blended wine, and "Cabernet Sauvignon," which implies a varietal bottling.  I guess the marketing boys did not want to take any chances.  Clearly, it is... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


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