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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  • Bogle Vineyards Merlot Clarksburg 2015

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    Nicely done Merlot. Fruit with just the right touch of tannin.93 points Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • Weingut Heinrich Gabarinza Burgenland 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Having a bottle of carnasciale 2008 it is an IGT from Tuscany, believe it is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet, and probably Sangiovese. RCKR noticed you bought a couple of 15 Bourdeauxs and Zinfandels, I have tried several Zins,most on recommendations I have gotten from snoothers still do not find them a wine I would buy again,know I am in a minority... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi Ocra Bolgheri 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Château Rollan de By Cru Bourgeois Médoc Bordeaux 2011

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    I bought two bottles of this wine for £12 from the website ... My bottles consist of 70% merlot and 10% each of the two cabernets and petit verdot.I started the first bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken.There is plenty of a blueberry,blackcurrant and plum style fruit with a hint of vanilla and some soft but structured tannins.This... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I’m often asked by novice wine drinkers if Chianti Classico is worth its ... Red grapes like Cabernet, Merlot, and Colorino can appear in the remaining twenty percent of the blend. As of 2006, white grapes are no longer permitted in Chianti Classico wines. The minimum alcohol level for Chianti Classico is 12% (compared to 11.5% for Chianti DOC... Read More

    From the article The Classico in Chianti Matters


  • Chateau de la Grave Nectar Vieilles Vignes 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... producer,consists of 90% merlot and !0% cabernet sauvignon,and was aged for 18 months in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is some lovely blackcurrant,plum.coffee and vanilla style fruit with some soft but structured tannins.In short,this is ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Went international last night.  Some real surprises - pleasant ones ... ... the money.This Craggy Range merlot blend is something I've been drinking for years - it'll remain that way.Love Melville and this did not disappoint.  Some bacony note, but mostly fruit, pepper, chocolate, mocha, pepper.  Got tannin to acid ratio down pat.  Good effort... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Le Regge Chianti Classico 2013

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    This has pleasant notes of cola, fresh cherries and plenty of zesty acidity along for the ride. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth and full of lively spices and fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Villa S. Andrea Chianti Classico 2013

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    Friendly, fruity aromas of perky cherry, blueberry and allspice with some restrained earth showing on the nose. The tart muted cranberry fruit, toasted char and mineral earth on the palate is quite striking for its lack of fruit after the expansive fruit on the nose. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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