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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  • AS per Dmker's suggestionI have started a discsussion on this topicHunter Valley is the most famous place for SemillonThey are very long lived and interesting made with nil or almost nil Oak treatmentSadly depsite most people who trythem saying how good they are very few buy themRestauranteurs regard them as great food wines but struggle to sell... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Semillon


  • Today, just a few short days after returning from our west coast wine tasting ... to offer us a glass each of Merlot, Cab Franc and Cab Sauvignon so we could do our own blending experimentation, as they were doing that downstairs with their 2016 harvest.  We ended up determining that Cab Sauvignon and Cab Franc wasn't perfect, but adding in so... Read More

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  • Stephen, you should start thinking in terms of sourcing from the US directly. I ... 1999 Napa Merlot   |  12 in stock  |  $69.99 Inglenook 1984 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Reunion  |  1 in stock  |  $84.99 Kosta Browne 2005 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  |  1 in stock  |  $99.99 Kosta Browne 2005 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir  |  1 in stock  |  $119.99... Read More

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  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you ... Chateau St. Michelle Cab or Merlot is actually pretty decent for what you pay. And in WA, Merlot is probably what you want to start with. They do a fantastic job. Not mass production but fairly priced would be Arbor Crest, Pepper Bridge, Januik and many others.If... Read More

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  • Despite my somewhat feeble attempts trying to find US wine in Australia is frustratingSo I think I would like to build a list of high Quality but not astronomic priced wines my American Snooth Colleagues would suggest I look out forBare in mind that if it is from a very small niche producer I would need to know how I can source it in AustraliaSo... Read More

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  • With springtime upon us, wine enthusiasts around the world are looking to ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon (66%) and Merlot (34%) with its dense blackberry, friendly fine grained tannins and lingering finish topped my list; that’s if you have a spare £175 ($220). “Left Bank?”, I hear you say. For once wine trade lingo is useful; guess what, the Left... Read More

    From the article Bordeaux or Bust!


  • Me either but Stephen has a point. A lot of the 1997 Napa wines didn't fare ... Cot with a good splash of Merlot. Retained a lot of acidity but added some complexity from the maturing process.I liked it less when it was young.Thanks for posting those JD.&nbs Read More

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  • Just got another box of Mike Smith's wines, and have noticed the ABV's are in a reasonable space for today's super ripe Napa market. Maybe it's just the wines I tend to buy from Mike's labels, as he has said he likes the challenge of making higher ABV wines drink in a balanced way.This could have been a PM to OT, but I figured others would be in... Read More

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  • Lodmell Cellars Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2007

    Snoothrank:

    nose of nectar; black currant and pepper spices, but with some mineral freshness Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Merlot 2013

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    Disappointed. Above the level of Charles Shaw wines but not much. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


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