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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  • Hey Zuf, I noticed you just reviewed the Township 7 cab!  I haven't ... ... I used to love the merlot, but the 2010 sucked.  Haven't tried the 2011. Did you get it at BC Liquo Read More

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  • Orofino Beleza 2007

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    This Bordeaux style blend rounding out nicely with just a whiff of oak upon ... Like some Washington and BC Merlot-Cabernet blends, there is some lack of depth (core), but this is the nature of the beast. A decent wine, but drink up. 87 poin Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Hey all,  Xmas around the corner, what would you advise to gift as a credible wine gadget you've come across in your time?Also, are there any wine-related beauty products you know of? Read More

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  • In America tomorrow is the big day: Thanksgiving. Of course most of us will ... come back to poor, maligned Merlot. The Merlot-based blend selection from Lieb Cellars in Long Island wins points for its savory Bordeaux- like qualities, but staying bright throughout the meal.  Snooth Editorial Says: Try it with this recipe for Roast Beef and Aru... Read More

    From the article Unpredictable Food & Wine Pairings


  • Jon - Kékfrankos is the name for BF in Hungarian! "Kék" ... ... can do quite well, and Merlot, Kékfrankos, Zweigelt, Kékoportó, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. And there's a crazy guy there who is also growing Sagrantino and some Italian grapes, some of which I got to taste a few weeks ago.Until the 20th century, it was pretty rare to do monovarietal w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?


  • Few meals arouse anticipation like Thanksgiving dinner. For weeks, if not ... ... This 90% Sangiovese 10% Merlot  blend from Chianti  is a great example. While the Merlot helps to add a bit of juiciness, the classic grape of Tuscany brings floral, spicy, and earthy elements perfect for a great meal.  Photo credit: The Good Life Craft Beer and ... Read More

    From the article 5 Thanksgiving Wines That Won't Break the Bank


  • Last night: This is an excellent example of why anybody who likes Bordeaux ... ... one is a plurality of Merlot and zero Cabernet Sauvignon. A bit of black fruit on the tongue--likely from the Merlot--but it is no fruit bomb.  Medium-bodied to my way of thinking, however, there is a late rush of tannin and acid to suggest potential for additio... Read More

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  • Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah 2008

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    Pretty interesting wine. Quite different from the California style for a Bordeaux blend. (Well, duh.) That might be from the lack of Cabernet Sauvignon. First of all, it is a very attractive bluish-purple in the glass. Big, fruity nose of blackberry and (I know there is no CS.) currant. On the tongue I get that initial blast of black fruit,... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Reyneke Cornerstone 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Krupp Brothers Veraison Napa Valley 2009

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    Favorite from the 'Flight No.7: 'California Dreaming' had at CRU in Love Field. From the CRU Tasting Notes: 'Complex nose displaying layers of ripe cassis, dark plum, toasted vanilla spice, bay leaf, floral notes and subtle earthy aromas...The persistent, yet elegant finish is polished and round...' All three were interesting, though this one ha... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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