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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  • 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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  • Ashfield Cellars Merlot Ca Ashfield Cellars Merlot Ca

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    very good for a merlot, but therein lies the rub: it is just too sweet for me and I suspect the vintor added some sugar which i disdain. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Foxall and I are getting together for a Burgundy and Barolo dinner in Oakland this Saturday. We may have a seat or two available for anyone willing to make some spur of the moment travel plans. Read More

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  • Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence ... Redmond, ENOFYLZ Wine BlogMerlot makes insipid red wines.  Long before Sideways took a swipe at Merlot and launched Pinot Noir further into the wine stratosphere there were issues. A lot of wineries were making Merlot in a style that didn’t inspire enthusiasm. I... Read More

    From the article Wine Myths: Debunked


  • Livingston Cellars Merlot 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Freddyfreeloader


  • Went to a Total Wine Caymus Wine tasting yesterday (live web-cast). Yes, we ... were talking up the Emmolo Merlot which I thought was just pure alcohol. Got a 15% off coupon and purchased some daily drinkers.&nbs Read More

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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Had this at lunch at Marcello's Chophouse the other day. Interesting - I asked ... I asked what the wine was, a Merlot, I thought funny, would have guessed it a Pinot. Then of course, the more it sat in the glass, the more it became a 'Merlot', quite lovely though. Next time I am going to ask them to tell me the wrong varietal and see if I can... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Rex Goliath Merlot Monterey County Free Range 2010

    Snoothrank:

    SHOCKING !! Had this last night - house wine in The Office restaurant, ... ... Ridgewood ,NJ . One of best Merlots in a long time- had no idea how inexpensive it was. SHOCKING ! You have to taste it to believe it- won't be buying any other merlots for quite a while- try it and be prepared to be shock Read More

    Wine review by Orange84


  • MJ - We belong to the Repris wine club, not the mailing list.  We belong ... ... wine, a 2010 Duckhorn Merlot (Atlas Peak vineyard).  Very nice and pairs well with pork chops on the gril Read More

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  • Turning Leaf Vineyards Merlot California 2010

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    I got this as a wine rack filler and only paid $3.50+tax. For that price, it serves it's purpose. Smooth to someone with deeper pallet. Read More

    Wine review by Susan425


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