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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  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Bordeaux

    Located around the Gironde estuary and along the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, Bordeaux is one o...

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Chile

    Winemaking was first introduced to Chile by Spanish settlers in the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

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    Responsible for overseeing Gruppo Mezzacorona, the Mezzacorona Societa Cooperativa Agricola wa...

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

    Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclai...

  • Bolla

    Like all great legacies, the story of Bolla wines begins simply enough with one man, Abele Bolla....

  • Villa Jolanda

    It was back in the post war period when the Santero brothers Leopoldo, Renzo, Aldo and Adelio, fo...

  • San Silvestro

    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly prod...

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Merlot on Snooth

  • Chateau de Brau Cabardes 2011

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    Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, GrenacheA little ashy on the nose and decidedly Cabernet driven with herbaceous aromas of black currant fruit paired with gentle suggestions of strawberries and an earthy note of cocoa powder. Bright and rather full on entry, this shows good weight and ripeness in the mouth but delivers flavors that just lack a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • What D said.Ouch on the prices!!!!Seriously, you'd want the Togni but ... ... with the Swanson or Shafer Merlot. Swanson is not heralded, but usually good.But it's why you BY Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Al, with four people, even one on meds, and a big steak dinner, one bottle just ... ... pointed to, the Swanson merlot blend at bottom, and the Chappellet red up towards the top. Unfortunately I think several of these wines are put together just for Morton's and similar chains--this is not a good thing. I don't see the Chappellet 'Double C' on... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Charles Smith the Velvet Devil 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by juliannayy


  • Eroica Riesling 2012

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    Great Read More

    Wine review by scooty4226


  • Silver Sage Winery Merlot 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by BlackMarlin


  • Continuing on last week’s great start  with Ben Carter, introducing ... we drank a good amount of Merlot based wines and loved them.  Unfortunately a lot of other people shared my opinion.  Wineries took note and greatly upped their production.  This increased production came from planting the grape in less than acceptable locations and over c... Read More

    From the article Getting to know: Clifford Brown


  • I feel like it's almost a waste of time to post on these...but yeah, I opened a bottle of merlot/cab franc that I bought recently for $19.95.  There are many decent BC reds now that are just under $20 and I'm trying to get through them and decide which ones I like enough to buy a few.  This one is 2009 and is 14.8%, which is pretty big for a mer... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wednesday Wines (aka hump day...


  • I believe I have Dmcker to thank for endorsing Charbono in another thread.Got ... ... eclipsing the Ramspeck Merlot I raved about last year. This wine is about twice the price, but still well worth it.Great, ripe and rich Napa fruit really coats the mouth, however what sets this wine apart is the acidic backbone it possesses, combined with to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Charbono


  • Bodegas Montebaco Tempranillo Blend Ribera del Duero Semele Crianza 2010

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    The wine is a nice ruby color in the glass, bright and clear. The nose is very earthy, with a burst of green grass, fresh herbs and oak overlaid with a hint of tar. The taste is really nice and easy drinking, making it a great wine to pair with a variety of dishes. The taste is not as fruit forward as many other examples I've seen, just a hin... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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