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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  • Primus the Blend 2014

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    Solid as usual with red and dark fruits - mocha, chewy moderate tannins, good popping acidity that makes you want more. Great with food. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Falesco Vitiano Rosso 2014

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    Elaine bought at Wie Guy. Says have with steak or pasta. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Chateau Grand Bouchon "Revelations" Medoc 2012

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    A merlot left banker (60% - 40$ Cab) this is a strong merlot, but it does have holes in it, thusly it's not quite complete. Plenty of dark cherry, plum, old leather and oak coupled with chewy tannins and bracing acidity it shouts (loudly) RED MEAT! 88 points - hold 18-24 mths - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Tenute del Cerro "Manero" Rosso di Toscana 2013

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    This is ready to go - waiting would be a waste. Smooth and effortless to drink this loaded with cherries, earth, moderate tannins and balanced acidity. 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Sebastiani Merlot Sonoma County 2013

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    Pretty pedestrian wine effort. This does have merlot blend structure and there is the dark berry fruit, earth and tannins, acidity all on par with a $13 merlot. 83 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Sycamore Lane Merlot 2012

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    Clear cranberry rusty color and good clarity overall....reminds me of a grape ... ... This is a nice sociable Merlot that displays Napa grapes to the extent that they are meant to be had. Great value vin Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Renieri Re di Renieri 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Robvoltz


  • Sat. night watching the Packers and a bonfire afterwards.  Had these:This ... ... everyday value.The worst Merlot I've had in years - the H3 Merlot is heads and shoulders above this and it's cheape Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Podernuovo a Palazzone Therra 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Navarra may sound like a dusty desert town in an old Western movie but in ... ... of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot add their classic blackcurrant and damson flavours to the juicy reds. The red varieties have a bumper 95% share of the vines to produce reds and roses but, that said, don’t write off the whites (Chardonnay is making its mark) even... Read More

    From the article Spanish Wines in the Shadows


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