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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  • Chateau Souverain Merlot North Coast 2013


    Not very good. Read More

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  • Had a rose from Bulgaria the other night - a 2013 DiVes Winery in the Thracian ... was made from 50% Pamid, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.It opened precariously enough, there was an odd petrol/alcohol note, that burned off to a riesling  rose pedal type of nose with a palate of cherry and strawberry followed by good acidity and juicy a... Read More

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  • Went back to the Washington dailies store again.I know it's not much but ... of H3 series.  Syrah, Merlot, Viogneir and Malbec blened well.Never had anything from the vineyard above so this is a newbie for m Read More

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  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione 2011


    Shifting aromas of earth, mushroom and fresh red fruit, red currant and strawberry with good spice and a touch of leather. Good complexity and structure here. Cherry and strawberry fruit on the palate, a touch floral and coming with cinnamon and clove on the mid palate, some more earthy notes of black olive and chocolate on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Edna Valley Vineyard Merlot 2014


    Dark blackberry preserves and black currant fruit with black pepper and an oak note on the nose. Dry and drying on the palate with driving tannins and notes of dark chocolate, black olive and full fruit flavors of blackberry, black cherry and a smoky, mineral earthiness continuing to dry out the mouth through to the finish that brings an organic... Read More

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  • I hope it is. RS is one of my customers. The Facility Maintenance Manager gave ... ... gave me a bottle of the Merlot for Christmas though it was an '09. It was O Read More

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  • A couple of more 50% off wines:The Chard is supposed to be better than the merlot - that's alright with me. Read More

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  • I told you guys the story about a friend who asked if I'd help sell some ... was the 1987 Columbia Crest Merlot that had aged brilliantly. So I have this one and I'm trying to find the right group to drink it with. It may be crap. Then again, it may be a revelatio Read More

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  • 3 Cases of Château Léoville Poyferré Dp 2001


    I bought this bottle of wine as part of a lot from the website ... of 75% cabernet sauvignon,20%merlot and 5% petit verdot which spent 18 months in oak barrels before bottling in mid 2003..I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast pork and I did enjoy it.My initial impresion was of how smooth it was,almost like liquid silk.There i... Read More

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  • Well NY was sprawled before anyplace. It was already sprawled during the ... ... feel like I need a glass of Merlot win Read More

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