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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  • Very true Mark, the Ridge was just an excellent wine, top class CA Merlot. Assumed it was a blend but the label says 100%. Very instructive of how Merlot can be made in a firm, tasty, and ageable way here in CA. The cool climate of Santa Cruz Mountain, along with a cool vintage in 2010 I'm sure did not hurt.Havent found Saint Cosme (Wine Spectat... Read More

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  • St. Cosme wines have gotten a ton of good press, but they haven't done it ... I don't usually go for Merlot at all.  It impressed me as a really good wine for the price, a great choice if you want to have a burger or steak on a weeknight and dress it up a little, and also something my father and I could drink, since he's much more of a Merlot-... Read More

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2013

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    Always delivers - always a good value also. Dark berry fruits, pepper spice, chocolate, a note of oak ride a medium bodied, smooth drinking fun bottle of wine. Great for grilling beef and a bonfire. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2013

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  • Owl Ridge Tyto 2012

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  • Chateau de Laville Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 1998

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... producer and consists of 50% merlot, and 25% each of the two cabernets and was aged in oak barrels for 18 months.I started my bottle last night with my supper of lamb steak and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and vanilla style fruit there and the tannins are... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Gato Negro Cabernet-Merlot 2014

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  • Gato Negro Merlot 2014

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  • Mike did that with his own wines, which he tastes every day.  I imagine he ... Clement, which is heavy on Merlot--that I will rely on him for Rioja advice only. ;-)Anecdote, noun: a short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing natureOr, one might say, "directly, personally observed and participated-in... Read More

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  • Nebbiolo is a challenge to grow elsewhere, but that's because it's a ... a ... cannot even tell merlot-dominant from cab-dominant wines. As far as I am concerned, Matthews's book is a call to really study what makes wine great so we can grow enough of it under the best conditions that we can all enjoy many different varieties/styles of it at ... Read More

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