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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  • Perseus Invictus 2013

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    The Perseus Invictus 2013 is a powerful, warm Bordeaux-style red with a deep, palpable flavour profile reminiscent of Graves. While not heavy-handed, the oak is forward on both nose and palate (youthful, slightly tight, tannic). But upon decanting, the nose has cedar, tobacco and cherry notes; may need 3-4 years cellaring to reach full potentia... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • No Wine in the Water Park this Friday, as we had tickets to see Yuja Wang ... ... bottle of 2010 Medlock Ames Merlot.  Quite a nice wine and the charcuterie was a good pairing.&nbs Read More

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  • Stellenrust Timeless 2010

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    Dark cherry and hints of dark chocolate. Rather smoky though so might not be for all palates... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • La Cabane Aux Oiseaux Bordeaux Rosé 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • St. Supéry Napa Valley Rutherford Estate Vineyard Merlot 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Starmont Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Chateau Laroze-Bayard Montagne Saint Emilion 1998

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... am guessing it is a typical merlot dominated right bank bordeaux blend.I started the bottle last night with my supper of lamb steaks and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant and plum style fruit there and the tannins,though soft give plenty of body and structure.In short,this... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Albastrele Select Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013

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    A really well rounded wine, absolutely love it! Read More

    Wine review by eyetalian


  • We had a few moments to relax this afternoon after I did six hours of painting ... today; so I opened this 2013 Merlot that we picked up last year during a B&B vacation in southern Virginia.  I've had better, as in the Merlot we drank last night, but you cannot have great wine all the time otherwise you get spoile Read More

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  • Prestige du President 2012

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    Has the best of Italian character with French temperament. This wine opens ... ... finish--the nose is a bit Merlot like (which I thought odd). It us a lush wine but not sticky or plummy (which I dislike). 50 % Niellucciu grapes which are evidently only grown on Corsic Read More

    Wine review by heartoglass


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