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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  • Cecchi Toscana Coevo 2011

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    Dusty and chalky and earthy on the nose with beautiful raspberry and blackberry notes and a soft floral note for good measure. This opens up tightly focussed on the palate with red currant and ripe cranberry with a midpalate demonstrating notes of violet, blackberry, licorice and dark earth. Finishing clean and light despite all of the dark frui... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Skip the Stags' Leap Merlot, Al.I really think it is important to post about wines that are not superstars.  I really don't think it shows much imagination if I just posted about wine board favorites.  I also do not have any hesitation about reporting any disappointment that I experience.  The truth is it's own justification.1998 Corison.  Wow. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Stags Leap should produce a nice Merlot.  I would like to try that.In keeping with our New Year's tradition of drinking good stuff on weekdays, I present you with today's selection, a 1998 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon.  This bottle was a holiday gift from friends and as I started to extract the cork, it just crumbled away before my eyes.  Oh oh.  ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Apothic Red 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Sandshark66


  • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2012

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    Somewhat of a volatile nose with a bit of a funk. Lively red fruit on the tip of the tongue. Somewhat medium level tannin. Moderate acid. Nothing wrong with it, but not a particularly memorable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Got caught up in the excitement of a WTSO marathon.  I just bought four ... blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Syrah) at $15 a bottle.  I bet it will be tast Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Door Peninsula Winery Merlot Unoaked NV

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    Fruity with a little tannin. Very drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan


  • Auclair 96 Cedars Red Blend 2011

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    Lovely red blend of merlot, cab sauv and Pettit Verdot. Dark berry flavors with a subtle spicy finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Nobody told me it was Bedrock night : (I wouldn't have opened this Virginia Merlot. It's not Bedrock but for VA wine it's actually quite nice. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • St. Francis Winery Red Splash 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


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