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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  • Vintage Ink Limited Edition Whisky Barrel Aged Red 2015

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    Pours a muddled dark cherry color, with plum and Earthy soiled undertones. Aromas of booze right up front that soften with some oxidation, and along comes soft vanilla, dark cherry, liquor (whisky) and oak char. The flavors follow suit with plenty of smoky oak barrel, whisky, dark cherry and perhaps blueberry.....yup there's definitely blueber... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Chateau le Fourneau 1990

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/124497 for £15.Saint Estephe is a Bordeaux appellation that was created in 1936 [although viticulture in the area goes back centuries] for red wines only from the single commune around the village of that name in the north of the Medoc peninsular.I have been unable ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Just opened a new bottle and noticed maybe Lindeman's does have a cork ... ... ... Are all red blends Cab-Merlot, especially if it doesn't say on the label.  Gosh, wine can get confusing.  I need a Master's Degree in Grapes to figure this stuff out.Here are two pics of the corks, BTW I save them as they make good stoppers for water tight reba... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Pauillac 2014

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    Savory farm field and ripe black cherry aromas with blackberry preserves and olive tapenade on the nose. With its elegant and striking palate of bright cherry and cranberry fruit, nice warmth and bolstering acidity, this is approachable and firm in the mouth, with tart fruit layered in front of dark tannins and dark chocolate towards a smoky bro... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Saint Emilion 2014

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    Austere and concentrated black currant and fog aromas with savory pepper and cedar box spice on the nose. Attractive blackberry and black cherry fruit with sticky tannins and dark plum on the palate, a bit herbal with pronounced earth notes on the finish, a touch of black olive and dark chocolate with good length. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Medoc 2015

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    Mellow aromas of prune, earth and blackberry on the nose. Tart plum and black currant on the palate with loads of dusty, dry earth, light olive and dark chocolate with a finish of chewy tannins and earthy blackberry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Retailers report, and empirical evidence demonstrates, that Valentine's Day ... ... Frog Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Ribet Red 2015We are sitting in La Table de Franck Putelat, a restaurant in Carcassonne tasting his wines. "Why Arrogant Frog?" I ask Owner-Winermaker Jean-Claude Mas, who replies, conspiratorially: "Because I'm Arrogant, and I'm ... Read More

    From the article Eleventh Hour Valentine's Day Wines


  • Sat after teaching's class and tasting of wines THEY brought with ... the ... the the Santa Ema '13 Merlot.  It's in their price points and in my experience at $14 - this may be the best at price point anywhere on a steady basis - a perfect daily.  The bottle was the John Duvall's '12 Entity Shiraz.  Easily the wine of the night - brilliant fr... Read More

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  • Wow, some heavy hitters, there, Al.  I have not had either, but I would ... I would bet that the Barnett Merlot was a much bigger wine than the Duckhorn.  Just a WAG, though.&nbs Read More

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  • We hosted another high-end wine dinner last night with our neighbors Rick & ... wines - the 2014 Duckhorn Merlot 'Three Palms Vineyard' and for comparison purposes, the 2014 Barnett Spring Mountain Merlot.  You guys might recall that this Duckhorn wine was Wine Spectator wine of the year in 2017.  Rick was surprised we were willing to open it, ... Read More

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