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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  • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Blackberries, chocolate, spice, anise on the nose follow well to the palate. Mellowed tannins and acidity lead to a well heeled aftertaste. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Maverick Estate Winery Rubeus 2014

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    This relatively new winery from Oliver BC has produced a fine, if ... blend of Syrah and Merlot (with a smattering of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon); colour is opaque, dark cherry with a scent of crushed cherry and cedar frond. The palate introduces some Syrah pedigree with deep red fruit, tannic pucker (leather), a hint of smoke, cream and a l... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • the more robust the better, up to $150ishAmerican? Get a 1/2 bottle of some ... from JD above. Or for Cab/Merlot try Quilceda Creek from Columbia Valley. All of those should be over 15.5 abv easy.European? Get some Amarone della Valpolicella. Quintarelli will set you back about $800 and Dal Forno about half that, so instead go for I Campi Camp... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Full bodied


  • Looking for a really full bodied red wine - the more robust the better, up to $150ish. Thanks!   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Full bodied


  • Margaret river Red Blends - cab/Merlot  unless otherwise stated [avoid 06 lot of stuck ferments]Cullen Diana MadelaineVoyager Estate [a cheaper version - Girt by Sea is ok]Moss Wood  - Straight CabVasse Felix - Straight Cab - the top one is Heystebury which is excellentPierro - bit inconsistentLeeuwin Estate - Straight Cab can be a bit dissappoi... Read More

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  • 100 Mile Merlot 2015

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    Seemingly mild on the attack. The spice kicks in after. Blackberry with a moderate finish. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • AS per Dmker's suggestionI have started a discsussion on this topicHunter Valley is the most famous place for SemillonThey are very long lived and interesting made with nil or almost nil Oak treatmentSadly depsite most people who trythem saying how good they are very few buy themRestauranteurs regard them as great food wines but struggle to sell... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Semillon


  • Today, just a few short days after returning from our west coast wine tasting ... to offer us a glass each of Merlot, Cab Franc and Cab Sauvignon so we could do our own blending experimentation, as they were doing that downstairs with their 2016 harvest.  We ended up determining that Cab Sauvignon and Cab Franc wasn't perfect, but adding in so... Read More

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  • Stephen, you should start thinking in terms of sourcing from the US directly. I ... 1999 Napa Merlot   |  12 in stock  |  $69.99 Inglenook 1984 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Reunion  |  1 in stock  |  $84.99 Kosta Browne 2005 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  |  1 in stock  |  $99.99 Kosta Browne 2005 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir  |  1 in stock  |  $119.99... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Learning more about US wine


  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you ... Chateau St. Michelle Cab or Merlot is actually pretty decent for what you pay. And in WA, Merlot is probably what you want to start with. They do a fantastic job. Not mass production but fairly priced would be Arbor Crest, Pepper Bridge, Januik and many others.If... Read More

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  • How do I find the sugar content of selected wines?

    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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