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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  • Justin Vineyards Justification Paso Robles 2014

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    Soft strawberry and raspberry aromas with powdered sugar and cinnamon spice, delicate but assertive and fresh. Juicy and expansive on the palate, showing incredible depth and complexity, supple but well structured tannins, creamy textured mouthfeel and full red fruit flavors of tart cranberry, cherry, strawberry and raspberry. Finishes with dark... Read More

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  • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2012

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    Wine review by Conticinio


  • A few recent purchases. Thanks to RCKR1951 for the H3 Blend suggestion, this ... Blend 2013, Washington59% Merlot, 36% Syrah, 4% Viognier, 1% Cabernet FrancA solid blend with smooth tannic notes of fruit and berry. Good call RCKR1951.Bluegray Priorat 2013, Spain45% Garnacha, 30% Mazuelo, 25% Cabernet SauvignonHaven't tried yet, but I anticipat... Read More

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  • Château le Grand Verdus Bordeaux Supérieur Aoc Grande Réserve 2011

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    started out very spicy, but mellowed to a fruity palate after some breaths, mainly blackcurrants Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2006

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    A little astringent yet but very. Doses of red berry fruits, blackberry and violets on the nose that follow to the palate well. Additional spice, earth and framing tannins balanced with good acidity leave leaves wanting more. Still has 3-5 years left. Drink or hold - 91 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Squadra Rosso 2014

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    Red fruit forward, luscious wine. Then on day three, started losing power in the fridge. Drink in two days. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Yes, my name is a misnomer... I drink so much pinot (scm, Sonoma coast, etc) that I would probably test DNA positive for Dijon clones!I will find myself up valley for a brief visit soon.  I am wondering if anyone knows some nice wineries  or wine bars to visit off season.  I know some might be closed. I am NOT into the big tour/experience. Just ... Read More

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  • Dives Winery 2013

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    This had an odd petrol nose on the initial whiff but after a minute of swirling it bleed off to reveal raspberry, pomegranite, floral nose of roses, light tannins and good acidity. Drink now - 86 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • La Massa Toscana IGT 2012

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    Full bodied and generous in depth, fruit, spice with daek cherry, blackberry, vallin, spice and earthy tones with chocolate. Well framed with balanced tannins and acid. Well done - 91 points drink now - Paul. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • I picked some cellar defenders/daily drinkers today:2012 Franciscian Merlot2013 Louis Martini Cab Sav Sonoma2009 Liquid Sky Cab Sav Sonoma "Moon Mountain"  Read More

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