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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  • Jon - I wouldn't necessarily condemn Duboeuf either. He's kind of a ... did. The world exists beyond Merlot, Cab, Pinot Noir and Syra Read More

    Forum post in the topic In need of Cru Beaujolais advice


  • Dark and sweet won the day. Spanish winery Mamerto de la Vara's ... a ... a Syrah Rosso, a Negroamaro/Merlot, and a white wine. Chilean wines grabbed four silver medals at the exhibition, followed by two silvers for France and one silver apiece for Spain, Romania, Australia and New Zealand. Romania's lone winner was Jidvei's 2014 Chardonnay. T... Read More

    From the article Spanish Winery Wins Grand Gold at 2014 Bulk Wine Competition


  • Al, to the best of my knowledge, they would be considered Super Tuscans.  ... The il fauno was about 60% Merlot, with the other Bordeaux varieties and Sangiovese.  The Crognolo is predominantly Sangiovese with a small amount of Cab Sav and Merlot.  They were about $30-35.  Many are nearer to $100. I'd be happy if Greg T stepped in and corrected m Read More

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  • Yesterday was a good time.  We started off by heading over to the district ... wine there too - A Duckhorn Merlot and some Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley (I forgot which one).  Later on we headed back home on the Metro train to watch the Alabama / Auburn college football game and of course we opened a nice bottle of wine from our cellar - ... Read More

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  • Recipes include Mint Lamb Loin chops paired with their 2009 Syrah Napa Valley, ... ... pork loin featuring 2009 Merlot, and finally, a delectable Prime Rib dinner highlighting 2009 cabernet sauvignon Napa valley. Their most featured wine, 2011 chardonnay, has been rated a 91 and a happy consumer describes, "Sweet scents of orange and lime meet... Read More

    Forum post in the topic "Wine means, it's time to EAT!"


  • What varietals do you think would match my fruit-driven palette well, such as ... ... be anything like say, Merlot or Nebbiolo.Brun is a producer you might look at, as well as Chermette. But they make several different wines in the various crus and they're variable - both the bottling and the vintage matter.As far as other grape varieties tha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In need of Cru Beaujolais advice


  • I've been trying wines from different Beaujolais regions and have yet to find one that I love. Here are the ones I've tried with disappointing results:Clos de la Roilette Fleurie '13Fessy Regnie Chateau des Reyssiers '11Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages '11Beaujolais NouveauWith all these wines, the problem is that the wines don't have the vibrant red... Read More

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  • Haut Coudurat Cuvee Prestige 2010

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  • Hey Zuf, I noticed you just reviewed the Township 7 cab!  I haven't ... ... I used to love the merlot, but the 2010 sucked.  Haven't tried the 2011. Did you get it at BC Liquo Read More

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  • Orofino Beleza 2007

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    This Bordeaux style blend rounding out nicely with just a whiff of oak upon ... Like some Washington and BC Merlot-Cabernet blends, there is some lack of depth (core), but this is the nature of the beast. A decent wine, but drink up. 87 poin Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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