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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  • Great 1st day.  Weather was off and on all day, showers, sun, hail, more ... ... as chards, zins, blends, merlot, petite sirah and a couple dessert wines. A perfect way to end Day One.  Cin cin!&nbs Read More

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  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

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  • Seigneurs de Bergerac Bergerac 2010

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    Delightful wine with plenty fruit, aromas and finish. The tannins are smooth and the well blanced acidity leads to a juicy, mouth watering finish. For under $10 this is a steal. 88 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau Carbonneau 'La Verriere'Sainte Foy Bordeaux 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a wine merchant in Sussex.The ... ... top red wine,a blend of 60% merlot and 40% cabernet franc aged for a year in new oak barrels..I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.It is a full-bodied wine and there is plenty of a blackcurrant,blackberry and plum style fruit with a hint of c... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • When you spend more than two weeks in a place you soak in a lot about it. Taste ... ... of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah worth noting. But if you make the mistake of overlooking the aromatic white wines you’d be missing out on a category that New Zealand is nailing in regions throughout this diverse country. They’re under the radar now... Read More

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  • Too bad for fellow Snoothers,  as this wine sold exclusively at Whole ... ... ... blend of Syrah (60%) and Merlot using fruit from breathtaking Wallula Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills and Willard in the Yakima Valley. A light hand with oak allows for a nose of black cherry, red currant and cola with whiffs of anise and tar. There’s pleasing... Read More

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  • Songbird Lyrical Red 2014

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    Precept Wine in Seattle created this blend of Syrah (60%) and Merlot using fruit from breathtaking Wallula Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills and Willard in the Yakima Valley. A light hand with oak allows for a nose of black cherry, red currant and cola with whiffs of anise and tar. Theres pleasing balance to its lighter structure thats focused ... Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Markham Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2013

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    Wonderful offering, with blackberry, mocha, dark cherry tannins, spice and ... ... less full bodied version of merlot (feminine style) and they've done it well for years. Drink or hold -90 points - Pa Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • L'Ecole No41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Plenty of fruit - red and black with a spicey nuance that developes, violets and other floral aromas. Chewy tannins and good acidityleave a medium length aftertaste. 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

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  • L'Ecole No41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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