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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  • Kabatepe Kirmizi Red 2013

    Snoothrank:

    With a mixture of native Turkish vines (Karasakiz) and imported French ... ... (Syrah; Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot) this wine evokes a freezer chest of cherries and cranberries on the nose. On the palate, there is a slightly tannic bed of unripe sweet cherry, with a moderately lengthy finish. Very decent, and first tasted at Marquis Wines Van... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Keenan Winery and Vineyards is recognized as a pioneering vineyard of the ... ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and used the foundation from the original stone winery to build a new winery in time for harvest in 1977. Each year as we approach the holiday season, we reflect on our good fortune that Robert Keenan followed his hunch about th... Read More

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  • Keenan Winery and Vineyards is recognized as a pioneering vineyard of the ... ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and used the foundation from the original stone winery to build a new winery in time for harvest in 1977. Each year as we approach the holiday season, we reflect on our good fortune that Robert Keenan followed his hunch about th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Keenan Winery and Vineyards...


  • Keenan Winery and Vineyards is recognized as a pioneering vineyard of the ... ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and used the foundation from the original stone winery to build a new winery in time for harvest in 1977. Each year as we approach the holiday season, we reflect on our good fortune that Robert Keenan followed his hunch about th... Read More

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  • OK, have to admit, like Al, the identity of my SS was on the paperwork included ... ... (red blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot).DM - not sure about the label stains but the ullage is good so assuming it is a sign of outside influenc Read More

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  • Thank you all for sharing such valuable experiences and thank you GREGT for the ... ... I'll say "one Merlot wine please".. My friend used to say that I should try different varieties of wine. But I'll be just sticking to the Merlot wine..I think that I need some more time to change my mind. She said that she'll take me to another restaurant t... Read More

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  • Bananas!Kathy - one piece of advice I'd give is that restaurants are ... ... they paid for the bottle.But Merlot is a great grape and that's why it's so widely planted. It makes up most of the plantings in Bordeaux for example, and it's all over the world. A lot of it is planted in places that aren't really great for it so it can sometimes be ... Read More

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  • Chateau Franc-Cardinal Francs Cotes de Bordeaux 2010

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from www.robersonwines.co.uk in West ... ... and consists of 72% merlot,24% cabernet franc and 4% malbec and is aged in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of lamb shanks and I did enjoy it.There is some fairly tart blackcurrant and cherry style fruit and it was a little overtannic.... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Kathy: I can't really tell exactly when I became aware of wine because my ... like you've had enough merlot for a while, try something different, maybe one of those amarones, which are plummy and ripe, so kind of similar, or a blend with some merlot.  Something kind of low acid, low tannin is in your wheelhouse, I'm guessing.  Ask the server o... Read More

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  • Kathy,You might hear people say to expand your tastes and experiences, but I ... will make you think maybe merlot, although good, may not be the 'best'.  You'll know when it's time to get out of the merlot box :)&nbs 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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