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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  • I'm giving this 2011 Courege-Longue Buzet French wine a try; it's ...  It's a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.  Not bad at al Read More

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  • Yellowtail Cabernet/Merlot Premier 5

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  • Ghost Pines Merlot 2012

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  • Greg,A new guy, Bret Vanatta commented (above).  When I first saw it this morning I thought I was hacked because I didn't even remember posting it! Welcome to the forum Bret.  Read More

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  • I think I should delete this thread! Read More

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  • Why did this thread get revived?Anyway, Marilyn Merlot is hardly the worst of stupid names and at least the bottle isn't offensive. One of the stupidest has to be Plungerhead, which supposedly was actually named after a long-time employee of the Sebastiani family with a similar name. But why would you want your wine to be associated with a plugg... Read More

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  • Evil wine?  Read More

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  • I think we need an 'Evil Santa' thing at the end of the year to go along with the 'Secret Santa' activity.  EM of course would receive one of those silly Zinfandels, OT would end up with just about anything outside of Somona County,  I would probably get a bottle with the most boring label on it, and DV would receive a wine from an even colder l... Read More

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  • You'' never have a wine with a cute name? 7 deadly zins is really good. Maybe not as good as say Layer Cake or Sledge Hammer but its close to those. Mark David Winery makes some good wines. At the same time though not an expert taster.  Read More

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  • Today my wife Sandra took her friend Marlene out on the town in a big way to ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Merlot, 3.1% Malbec, 2% Grenache, 1% Sangiovese, 0.5% Cabernet Franc, and 0.5% Tempranillo.Critical AcclaimJH93Australian Wine Companion - "Medium purple-crimson; the wine is certainly mouthfilling, but has excellent balance and an att... Read More

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