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 Jean de Trimoulet 2010

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    This very soft offering from Jean de Trimoulet is very Rive Droite... it is soft, with a scent of cherries and generic red fruit and a good tannic structure which imparts vanilla, toast, grassy herbs and slightly sour cherry notes on the finish. The wine is very slightly on the rustic side with a touch of woody grit, but reasonable value in St.... Read More

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  • Though I've mentioned Jonata on and off several times this decade, ... is ... is 75% Syrah with 7% each of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance a mix of varieties." V93: "The 2012 Todos, Jonata`s Syrah-based blend, is once again delicious. A touch of appassimento gives the 2012 an extra kick of flavor and texture intensity. Sweet che... Read More

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  • Hedges Cellars Cabernet Merlot Syrah Cms Columbia Valley 2012

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  • Clos de Gat Merlot Har'El 2011

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  • Garnacha has arrived. Wine drinkers demand varietal Garnacha bottles and ask ... ask ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah for the reds, to Macabeo (Viura), Chardonnay, Garnacha Blanca and Moscatel for the whites.The soil in the region is predominantly gravel with pockets of slate, hard clay and sandstone. The gravel soils are particularly... Read More

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  • EM - Ridge are decent wines to be sure, but I too loved that Bedrock wine that ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon / 36% Merlot) and paid the $15 corkage fee and enjoyed a wonderful Bordeaux-style wine with our pasta dinner at Maggiano's in Springfield, VA.  We only needed to ensure that our wine wasn't on their wine menu, which it wasn't.  He had a gr... Read More

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