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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  • Rockpool Merlot Monterery County 2012

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    A Tasting Room quarterly selection. Opens with blackberry jam and vanilla, then to toffee and milk chocolate, and then caramel chocolate. Moss, earth, and smoke with ripe cherry plums. Medium to soft tannins with medium acidity. Long finish of earth, herbs, and dried dark fruit. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Montlobre Terre du Soleil Merlot Vin de Pays d'Oc 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Graf Istvan 2008

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    Wine review by mark


  • Cepas Elegidas Cinq 2009

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    Each barrel that made up this blend was aged 22 months in French and American Oak barrels, 6 of which were first use providing great structure and balance. Cooperages of the oak selected is Mercier, Slyvain, Remond, Mistral and Odyse, all in 225L format. The wines were racked only twice during aging and aged sur lie for 14 months. The lees were ... Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • We mostly just drank red wines on this trip, except for lunchtime when I mostly ... ... picture shows the usual Merlot red win Read More

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  • Chateau Lamothe Bergeron Cru Bourgeois 2006

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    Ruby and terracota color. Well balanced wine with hints of tobacco leaves. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • I had a lovely right bank claret from a petit chateau, It was Cuvee La Rose ... It is a classic blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc and was aged for 12 months in oak barrels.I had it with my supper of lamb chops. There was plenty of blackcurrant and plum style fruit there and the tannins were soft but sufficient to give structure. This ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau Clos Bourbon Cuvee la Rose Bourbon Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Chelsea [www.hhandc.co.uk ... ... right bank blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc which spends 12 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of lamb chops and I did enjoy it. There is lots of a plum and blackcurrant style fruit there and the tannins are soft ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • These wine descriptions aren't the usual “floral hints and notes of ... on Chardonnay at work, using Merlot as part of a death ritual and a drunk pet goat with an apparent affinity for 5-star red wine. Photos from the comedian's Facebook page reveal a variety of signs, ads and flyers laced with Wysaski sometimes witty, sometimes woeful humor. ... Read More

    From the article Wine Comedian's Snicker-Inducing Tasting Notes Featured on HuffPo


  • Mollydooker Two Left Feet 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


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