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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  • Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2008

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • As the world’s winemakers look to single vineyard wines to mark them out ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Tempranillo.    From Jerez we drove east across the mountains to Ronda, the incredible white walled town that straddles its famous deep rock gorge; the wines from the region surprised me bigtime. After a barrel tasting in Los Agui... Read More

    From the article Spanish Wines Get Specific


  • Château le Boscq Cru Bourgeois Saint-Estèphe 1990

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... house.It consists of 56% merlot,35% cabernet sauvignon,7% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and cherry style fruit with a hint of vanilla. The tannins were ver... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • There are lots of wine brands out there, but only some can be called iconic. ... ... Villa Maria’s Merlot-based rosé is part of their Private Bin collection. Private Bin wines represent Villa Maria’s commitment to approachable, consistent quality wines at fantastic values. Wine writer Jim van Bergen notes “fresh-cut wildflowers and berry comp... Read More

    From the article What it means to be a wine icon.


  • Stephan - That Barolo would have been my pick from your collection of tastings, ... ... drinking (2012 Duckhorn Merlot in this case) but it usually strays to politics and the crazy things that this administration is trying to do to the American people.  Wine makes that easier to swallow I suppose.. Read More

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  • Villa Maria Marlborough Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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    For a wine lover, there is nothing like lining up a group of wines from one ... ... Selection Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Garnet in color with intense aromas of blackberry, ripe black plum, and cedar. Full bodied across the palate with powerful, yet elegant tannins. Bold flavors of lush blackberries, juicy plum, olive, and fresh spi... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Butler Pond California Merlot 2015

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    True to merlot varital with pepper spice at the finish. Good staying power in the fridge. Wish it had more personality prior to the finish but that's the merlot. It was true to the varietal. If I was measuring that alone, I'd give it 5 stars. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Michael David Winery 'Sixth Sense' Syrah Lodi Appellation 2013

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    As someone who steers away from heavy tannic Cabs, this bottle was quite the ... similar in body to a classic Merlot, but much more complex in flavor.Gorgeous fruit with notes of chocolate, wood, and a touch of spice. This wine was a surprising delight from the usual syrahs I have tried.I would definitely recommend to try for those who favor j... Read More

    Wine review by Exquisitelyoaked


  • Malagon Tinto Mexicano 2015

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    Light coming thru garnet color. Something of a chemical nose. Muted prune flavor on entry. Then serious tannic bitterness. Just not a very good wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Callaway Coastal Hybrid Red Blend

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    great wine for every day drinking - smooth and full on the palate Read More

    Wine review by Dawny54


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