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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  • Yesterday we conducted another wine tasting party at our friends Sally & ... ... a Cabernet Franc, and a Merlot / Cabernet Franc blend.  The favorite of the group was our 2012 Glen Manor T. Ruth - the Merlot / Cabernet Franc red blend.  We brought the prize bottle (2009 Muse Vineyards Clio, which won the Virginia Governor's Cup in 2015) that ... Read More

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  • Trentadue la Storia Merlot 2012

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    Not an earth shattering merlot but solid with good quality wine making behind it. A core of dark berry fruit, spice, woody notes, anise and chocolate leads to a sweetish flush of dark cherry tannins that are chewy and framing. Balanced acidity leads to a nice finish that's short but full. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Last night Sandra cooked an interesting dish - chicken (pan cooked with one of ... a wonderful 2010 Duckhorn Merlot to wash it down wit Read More

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  • Muirfield Estate Merlot California 2005

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    Fantastic! Rich dark cherry flavor. Robust but not dry. Read More

    Wine review by mjmckool


  • Grayson Cellars Merlot Lot 6 2011

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    Had on sailing ship off key west Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Château Margaux Premier Grand Cru Classe 1984

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    No written review

    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2012

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    Wine review by XZYMURGIST


  • Malvasia Dezzani 2009

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    I first taste this wine in Aviano, Italy and loved it. I often drink Merlot, but this wine was a mixture of dry, sweet, and sparkling which made my taste buds explode with flavor. This is a must have in the U.S.A. Please let me know where to buy in Vegas. Read More

    Wine review by finewines725


  • Josh Cellars Legacy Red Blend

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    Had at wine bar at key west. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Toby Lane Vineyards Rose Alexander Valley 2013

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    Solid wine built along the lines of a weaker red than a rose. Aromas of cherry and raspberry mix with anise, chocolate and spice - though they are heavier, it is still a refreshing wine. Drink now - Paul 86 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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