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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  • Hey guys - I've rather busy as you know.  The NWC Italian Night and we ... we ... Cascina Morassino Merlot Langhe2011 Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel2012 Buhler Russian River Valley Zinfandel2010 Jacob's Creek Shiraz Reserve2012 Delaforce Duoro2011 Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva2013 Kaiken Malbec Reserva2013 Sesta di Sopra Rosso Di Montalcino2011 Te... Read More

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  • RBA, re: Duckhorn merlot, we haven't had a lot of straight merlot so it would be interesting to taste a few side by side.  Have you tried the 2nd label Duckhorn - Decoy? I'd be curious if anyone has put the $50+ Duckhorn alongside the ~$20 Decoy. Read More

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  • JD, my quick take on Cavallotto:  They use rotovinifiers, but are ... but ... but the owner planted some Merlot and isn't very serious about his wines IMO.  He's a great host, however.)  Back to Cavallotto:  Boschis is pretty much their only holding, divided into blocks.  (Vignolo is kind of a part of it, but across the road and just below Mon... Read More

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  • EM, if it was good then you opened it at the right time.The CFO has a couple of ... ... Reserve" Oak Knoll Merlot that we opened with dinner.  We don't drink a lot of straight Merlot so I decided to see how the TJ wine with lots of fancy words on the bottle compared to this bottle I purchased during our 11/14 visit.TJ's lost. The Longboard had... Read More

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  • Santa Luz Merlot Alba 2015

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    cocoa nose and strong, oaky and spicy on palate Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • V V - Have you tried a Duckhorn Merlot?  They are probably the best Merlot wines we have tasted.Last night was a wonderful time - we were at Wolftrap again to see Pink Martini; this is the fifth time we've attended one of their performances here at Wolftrap and The Kennedy Center.  They played with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) too, so y... Read More

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  • Ashfield Cellars Merlot Ca Ashfield Cellars Merlot Ca

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    very good for a merlot, but therein lies the rub: it is just too sweet for me and I suspect the vintor added some sugar which i disdain. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Foxall and I are getting together for a Burgundy and Barolo dinner in Oakland this Saturday. We may have a seat or two available for anyone willing to make some spur of the moment travel plans. Read More

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  • Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence ... Redmond, ENOFYLZ Wine BlogMerlot makes insipid red wines.  Long before Sideways took a swipe at Merlot and launched Pinot Noir further into the wine stratosphere there were issues. A lot of wineries were making Merlot in a style that didn’t inspire enthusiasm. I... Read More

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  • Livingston Cellars Merlot 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Freddyfreeloader


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  • I'm not a big merlot fan, but when I tasted Distant Bay Merlot 2004, I changed my mind! This is an incredibly good wine. I savored the bottle for weeks because I can't buy it locally

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  • best tasting Merlot ever! I would buy it again!

    Comment by 930758boyertown 930758 boyertown


  • When I got cancer my treatment made any alcholol taste like metal. So, for eighteen years I stopped drinking and enjoying a drink with family & friends. Then I started experimenting with different wines. Finally found a Merlo with a smoothness I enjoyed. But, with a price of $12. When we went to Trader Joes and they suggested we try Chas. ...

    Comment by 809819thebkkp 809819 thebkkp


  • i have a bottle of 2000 casella peronal selection merlot, is this wine OK to give as a gift

    Comment by 793786helengraham 793786 helengraham


  • Thick and smooth. Dark as ruby. Tastes like heaven... Merlot.

    Comment by 792549Vasilya81 792549 Vasilya81


  • Has anyone ever heard of this wine..I took this off the label Curioso Garcia, De Chile Merlot San Alfornso Estate Maipo Valley Chile Would love to purchase this in the states, not really concerned with the year

    Comment by 792512Diesel1815 792512 Diesel1815


  • My husband and I had a bottle of Cesari Due Torri 2005 and it was one of the best wines we have ever had, but can't find it anywhere. Do they still bottle it ?

    Comment by 764032rboez2 764032 rboez2


  • An economical surprise, I happened on Red Diamond 2007 Merlot, and tried it because it was from Washington State, which I had recently visited and enjoyed the wines from the region. Yummy plummy and cherry roundness on my tongue!

    Comment by 537182granvin 537182 granvin


  • Does anyone know anything about Dealu Mare Romania Merlot 2002

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