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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  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Bordeaux

    Located around the Gironde estuary and along the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, Bordeaux is one o...

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Australia

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  • Chile

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  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

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Merlot on Snooth

  • I believe I have Dmcker to thank for endorsing Charbono in another thread.Got ... ... eclipsing the Ramspeck Merlot I raved about last year. This wine is about twice the price, but still well worth it.Great, ripe and rich Napa fruit really coats the mouth, however what sets this wine apart is the acidic backbone it possesses, combined with to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Charbono


  • Bodegas Montebaco Tempranillo Blend Ribera del Duero Semele Crianza 2010

    Snoothrank:

    The wine is a nice ruby color in the glass, bright and clear. The nose is very earthy, with a burst of green grass, fresh herbs and oak overlaid with a hint of tar. The taste is really nice and easy drinking, making it a great wine to pair with a variety of dishes. The taste is not as fruit forward as many other examples I've seen, just a hin... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • DV & EM - Thanks for the well wishes.  I had a small glass of that cab ... a 2013 Albarino and a 2009 Merlot for her meal, and I selected a glass of the 2012 Willamette Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir, which I really enjoyed.  Their wine list for their bottles was quite extensive but I only took a picture of the cabs for reference.  We didn't want a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • La Fleur de Bouard Lalande de Pomerol 1998

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... my bottle consists of 80% merlot,15% cabernet franc and 5% cabernet sauvignon although the back label of the bottle has it as a 90/10 merlot/cabernet franc blend.It spent 20 months in new oak barrels,I started my bottle last night to accompany my supper of lamb shanks and I thought it super... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château du Périer Red Bordeaux Blend Médoc 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by juliannayy


  • Thanks for the note on the Freemark...always seemed like a reputable wine at ... you. Think they also make a Merlot which may be better, or no Read More

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  • Al, I'll be mature enough to answer your question without sarcasm ;)I had a ... ... off a D'Angelo 2009 Merlot/Cab Franc blend that is very nice (opened it Friday!).  The Mt. Boucherie and the D'Angelo are BC wineries.  I don't normally buy their wine, but was recommended.  The merlot blend was only $19, so for a good BC that's a relative barg... Read More

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  • Al, thanks for posting that link!  If I could do that, I would be more ... great Cabernet can use some Merlot  Read More

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  • My May favorite wine:  2011,The Original Dark Horse,Cabernet ... red wine ... red wine bridged my gap from Merlot to Malbec to drinking Cab red wines. Horse brings the palate safely home with its special exact ripe blueberries and blackberries taste; with a hidden coffee aroma. Retails for about $8. The choice is very excitingly good for a Sno... Read More

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  • Big Al - Good God man! Don't take my word on this stuff!!!!!For most ... ... ... is the herbal quality of Merlot, Cab, etc. That in fact is a big difference between the wines from the west coast and those from the east. The cloud cover and humidity on the east tends to give those wines a greener quality than most from Napa. The molecule respon... Read More

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