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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  • Franzia Merlot 2014

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    Franzia Merlot is another very decent everyday red. Medium dry and a little acidic, but very drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by rcj1


  • Osoyoos Larose Petales d'Osoyoos

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    Intense aromas of raspberry and subtle vanilla. It gives you a long fruity finish. Read More

    Wine review by Dilbretta


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    Forum post in the topic Single Varietal vs. Blends...


  • Chateau Montlabert 2011

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    Montlabert is a relative bargain for Saint-Emilion, but exhibits all the usual traits of wine from this commune, to wit: a veritable surfeit of cherry on the nose (sprinkled with oak), followed by considerable residual oak and good red fruit (cherry) on the palate with a hint of wet loam; finish has pucker (tannin). Although oak is still promin... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Dancing Hares Mad Hatter Napa Valley 2014

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    Perfumed violets and milk chocolate aromas with creamy vanilla and blackberry notes and a hint of something savory underneath. Surprisingly delicate on entry but releasing a forceful wave of blackberry and black currant fruit, full acidity, blueberry, dried figs and striped tannins towards the finish with melted lava cake and espresso adding som... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Writing is a cathartic exercise. The same can be said about tasting wine. ... ... ... That is how I pinpoint a Merlot. In a Picpoul de Pinet, it is sunshine and seaside - sur la plage with sounds of gulls, the kiss of the breeze, the cold, crisp splash of the waves along the sand, the sun on my face. Is this wine memorable? Only if its aromas ... Read More

    From the article How to Write the Best Ever Wine Tasting Note


  • Menghini Cabernet Merlot 2016

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    Scam for tourists in Julian. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Menghini Syrah 2015

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    Prunes make this Syrah a bit better than Merlot (http://www.snooth.com/wine/menghini-cabernet-merlot-2016/?t=reviews&r=4329599) from that winery but still it costs amazingly a lot for such a poor quality. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Chateau de Courteillac 2015

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    This inexpensive but generally most Bordeaux red has a jam-tart nose with a hint of iodine, and enters the mouth smoothly with logwood-cedar bark, blueberry jam and new oak. Good tavern fare with a lignin and blackberry finish. Good value. 84. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Puygueraud Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Francs 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... 2005 vintage consists of 70% merlot,25% cabernet franc and 5% malbec and spent 16 months being aged in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of lamb chops.There is plenty of a cherry,plum and blackcurrant style fruit with a hint of vanilla and spice on the finish. There were ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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