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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  • Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • Chateau Branaire Duluc Ducru St Julien Grand Cru Classe 1995

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/85406.Saint Julien is a Bordeaux appellation created in 1936 for wines from in and around the Saint-Julien-Beychevelle commune on the Medoc peninsular.It is a small but prestigious appellation with 11 Grand Cru Classe in the 1855 classification,one of which ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Vincon Vrancea Merlot Coteti Beciul Domnesc 2000

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    smuggled it home to the US from Romania! Best wine ever! Read More

    Wine review by jscharpf


  • Josh Cellars Legacy Red 2012

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    This has sat untouched laying down for months. It has melded together well, marrying all the fruits, oak, herbal and spice components well. Not a big or complicated wine it drank easily. Read food wine. Drink now - Paul 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • Hands Merlot 2014

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    Ruby color with pink edges. Initial aroma of smoke and spice with some dark fruits in the background. Hits the palate with notes of cherry, plum, and spices. Taste fades into a faint sweet chocolate with mild tannin. Over all pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by SidneyMay


  • Château Hyot Côtes de Castillon 2010

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    This was my review about 3 yrs ago - "Very approachable for so early. Maybe it was due to having several other Bordeaux wines but I found this to be lighter than most, but really a lovely wine to drink. Plenty of dark berry fruits, oak, spice and mocha on the nose. The magenta color belies the complexity of this effort. Underlying cassis, anise,... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Bodega Norton Privada Mendoza 2011

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    Friggin' wonderful - full, chewy, dark berry fruits, pepper, chocolate, oak and forest floor all framed with an excellent balance between tannins and acidity. This can sit for another 2-3 yrs but can be enjoyed now. 91 points Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Bodega Norton Privada Mendoza 2011

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    Wine review by eyetalian


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