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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  • Chateau la Croix du Casse Pomerol 1993

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    This bottle was in a lot I bought on the ... wine consists of 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels. Although my bottle is well over 20 years old it had obviously been well cellared because it was in perfect condition with the level well into the neck. I started it last night with my supper of lamb chops and I really enj... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Quinta Do Encontro Merlot Baga 2012

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    Wine review by noelortiz


  • Hardys Varietal Range Merlot 2015

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    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas and do not not know where my ... ... standard set by the Romanian merlot I was also given at Christmas and I drank last wee Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Brownstone Winery Merlot 2012

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    You really need to let this air a bit before it's even drinkable. Otherwise it has the scent of petrol and the taste of box wine. Read More

    Wine review by yjkimjunior


  • Bodegas del Saz Origin Terminus del Saz Merlot Vino Dela Tierra de Castilla 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012

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    This, like the '12 Freemark Abbey, has fleshed out nicely also. Plenty of dark berry fruit, spice, a light mint note, mocha notes with firm tannins and juicy acidity this is really, really good. 89 points - drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • REALLY BIG AL.....awesome home up-grade here!!!!CONGRATS!LOVE WOODEN FLOORS!!I ... ... does that DUCKHORN 2011 MERLOT taste?Did you just drink i Read More

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  • We drank it a few days ago Amour, and it was wonderful.  Duckhorn is known for their Merlot wines.  The painters are all most finished with the ceiling, walls and trim.  Here's a picture from a few hours ago: Read More

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  • We enjoyed this 2011 Duckhorn 'Rector Creek Vineyard' Merlot, I think this past Tuesday evening after I finished up with my cat rescue duties.  Yesterday we had Australian Cypress wood floors installed in our master bedroom and the adjacent sitting room.  Today we are having the master bedroom painted.  Busy week!Oh, tomorrow is my birthday.  :-) Read More

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