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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  • OK, as a Social Security pensioner, I'm as interested in <$20 wines as ... ... Do you see Kirkland Napa Merlot for < $20?  Kirkland Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel for < $20?  Kirkland Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon for less than < $20?  Guess what.  They are all pretty darned good wines. Are they better than the Kirkland Chianti or CdP?  Who cares?... Read More

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  • Costes de Beyrac Buzet 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... bottle consists of 50% merlot,27%cabernet sauvignon and 23% cabernet franc.I started the bottle last night with my roast pork supper.At first,I thought it a little dry and austere but after a couple of hours it seemed to open up to reveal plenty of a blackcurrant,blackberry and... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Hope you have some good WA wines when you're down there, Darren. Sorry to ... guess. It's a right bank merlot/cab franc blend that's trying to become upwardly mobile.2) No way would it match good ('real') caviar, IMHO, which is something I greatly enjoy with champers, chilled vodka and in a few other combos but those are the main two. Perhaps ... Read More

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  • RCKR the Lillian ladouy is he 2014,it was $17 at Costco. I had bought it a ... ... and they were blending the Merlot at that time and they brought me a sample of the blend,immediately ordered a case ,it was a aha moment for me loved it,they took my money but wouldn't ship for 6-7 months they were afraid I would drink it to young,they were prob... Read More

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  • Have a condrum bought a bottle Canonica A Cerreto Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 ... 85% Sangiovese 10% Cab, 5% Merlot. It tasted more like a Super Tuscan than a Chianti,therefore will not buy any more,I wanted a Chianti not a super Tuscan. I must admit at 80 do not have a world class palate especially after smoking a pipe for 65 of those years.... Read More

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  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from the wine shop.  Those are the 'good days' that we want to remember, but soon you notice your bank account is dropping faster than Trumps approval rating, so you start looking for more value-oriented wines that are tasty in their own right.When you find a nice wine tha... Read More

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  • Great time with my "Somm Ladies" tasting a good variety of ... ... Domaine Queylus '12 - Merlot/Cabinet Franc• Casal Garcia Duoro '15Honorable mentions: • River Road ' 15 - Cabernet• River Road ' 16 - Rosé• River Road ' 16 - Reisling & Gewurztraminer• Girls' Night Out '15 - Rosé • Girls' Night Out '14 - Chardonnay • Girls' Night Out - Mimosa •... Read More

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  • Americans seem to be growing in curiosity about Spain. Numbers indicate ... 3% ... 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot; Deep ruby in the glass; pronounced aromas of red and black fruits slightly cooked, warm baking spice notes, dried rose petals, balsamic, sweet fresh tobacco, dusty earth, and vanilla; bold on the palate with grippy tannins and m... Read More

    From the article Ribera y Rueda: A Tale of Two Wines


  • Al,I have tried the Sequel syrah, the Pirouette, and the Pedestal merlot.  I might agree that the Chester Kidder is the best.  They're all decent.  Now, the CK was the oldest and was at a great time to drink, not to mention good vintage.  Aplesecs, I bought all of them in Washington state.  I can always find them when I go visit.  Want me to get... Read More

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  • OK, three questions:Anybody had this wine? Was one of three chateux bought up ... probably something like 80% merlot and 20% some-sort-of-cab, aged in lots of new oak, how do you think it'll go with their menu of lots of real caviar dumped on an order-in pizza? Or should we just think of that as rich-man's anchovies?Guess the sho Read More

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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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