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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  • Gato Negro Cabernet-Merlot 2014


    Drank this with some triple-meat pizza (pepperoni, sausage, and bacon). The flavors complimented well, and it was plenty good the next night as a standalone as well. One I drank was 2015, so from last year. More than happy to buy it again. Convenience note - this one has a screw top. Read More

    Wine review by rosebai21

  • Rocker,There are several nutjobs who post stuff like this.  It's been awhile for Keenan Winery, but you're right, it's not worth talking about. Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2009 Merlot Carneros Napa Valley

  • Stupid question - I've you extol the the virtues of Keenan wines in the past -" We continue to bottle" you work for them, why do you do this?    The wine itself is no longer on their website and wine searcher comes up with zilch. It appears to be a waste of time to me. Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2009 Merlot Carneros Napa Valley

  • Keenan has purchased Merlot grapes from the Napa Carneros district for many years. The “Carneros” is the southern region of Napa closest to the San Pablo Bay and is known for producing high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. Merlot grown in the Carneros tends to be very fruity and soft with distinctive spicy nuances.Keenan began purchas... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2009 Merlot Carneros Napa Valley

  • Charles Smith Wines Merlot the Velvet Devil Columbia Valley 2014


    Very nice garnet color with purple/cranberry colors along the rim. The aromas ... Superb Pacific Northwest Merlo Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • William Hill Estate Winery Merlot Central Coast 2014


    This has a bit of heat on the nose with notes of raspberry, cherry and sweet spice. Thick mouthfeel, good acidity and structure, with notes of molasses, black cherry and licorice opening and a finish of chocolate, chewy tannins and blackberry preserves. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Chloe Red Blend 2013


    Inky purple/black hues and clear in the coloration. This wine has amazingly rich cocoa/milk chocolate aromas with background notes of molasses/toffee, super smooth oak wood and is has cream smoothness on the nostrils. Flavors follow suit, but with deep ripe, black berry goodness, vanilla bean and subtle spice. Mouthfeel is velvety, medium bod... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Chateau le Manoir Lalande de Pomerol 2012


    not a bad cuvee, a much better merlot (blend) than i have had. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Vintage Ink 2013


    Vintage inky coloration, clarity is good, and just slightly brown hues around the rim. The aromas remind me of a Cab Sauv. and are of dark berry, chocolate, slightly boozy, and hints of strawberry sweetness. Flavors follow suit, and are jammy, strawberry, vanilla, woody oak and overall is nice! The mouthfeel is medium body, with smooth silky... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Château du Moulin Rouge Haut-Medoc 2011


    This bottle was part of a l;ot I bought on the website ... family. It consists of 50% merlot,40% cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc and was aged for a year in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night withj my supper of chicken breast and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and blueberry style fruit there with a sugge... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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    Comment by 1958687Travis Cavnar 1958687 Travis Cavnar

  • 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

    Comment by 1876472Snoother 1876472 1876472 Snoother 1876472

  • 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

    Comment by 508578MEJD 508578 MEJD

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