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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  • Zurdo Maule Valley Chile Merlot 2016

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    I am not a Merlot fan but this wine was surprisingly complex with it being young and not spending time in the oak. Maybe? for me; Merlot needs to be steel vatted!? Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Indian Wells Columbia Valley 2013

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    Well done wine. Blackberry, dark cherry notes are front and center leading to additional mocha, spice and a medium tannic with balanced acidity finish. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • L'Angelot de Seguin Pessac-Leognan 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... consists of a 50/50 blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon.I started the bottle last night with my chicken supper.There is some intense blackberry,blackcurrant and licorice style fruit with a hint of smoke or cigar box.It is a well stuctured wine but with soft tannins and on the second e... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Ok, I just opened the 2013 Et Cetera Cuvee Rouge (from Moldova), and it is ... ... blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and two local grapes (Rara Neagra and Saperavi), it has soft tannins and a nice flavor.  I would buy this one again too, like their Et Cetera 'Serendipity' that we really loved.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • OK elevator pitch...Registered Interior Designer with a passion for wine, food & travel. Several credits (and bottles) into my Sommelier training. Here to learn, post and laugh a lot :-)Cheers Cora :-) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi Snooth & Fellow wine lovers


  • 14 Hands Vineyards Red Blend Limited Release Kentucky Derby 2014

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    Bought this again this year. Nice party wine. Medium fruit, medium acidity, medium tannin something everyone can enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Anyone know where I can purchase a Christian Moeuix Merlot Bordeau?Its out of stock in Ontario Canada. Willing to purchase online. (Drank my last bottle from 2011).Contact me at boyinsidetheman at hotmail dot com. Thanks all! Read More

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  • Christian Moueix Merlot Bordeaux 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by DustinPratt


  • Jack's post intrigued me.  I'd always thought that ... and Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are not uncommon.I guess that any wine from this region that has less than 75% Sangiovese becomes an IGT Toscano.I learn sometning every day.  Read More

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  • BV Reserve "Tapestry" Red Wine 2009

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    This was superb with dark berry fruits, wood, dirt, chocolate, pepper, mint and tobacco and healthy tannins and acidity. I'd say this has 2-3 more years to go. Paul - 92 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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