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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Popular Regions for Merlot View all

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Bordeaux

    Located around the Gironde estuary and along the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, Bordeaux is one o...

  • Chile

    Winemaking was first introduced to Chile by Spanish settlers in the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until...

Popular Wineries using Merlot

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

  • William Hill Winery

    William Hill Estate Winery carries forward a 30-year philosophy of crafting elegant Napa Valley w...

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

    As the French are fond of saying the quality begins with the very specific terroir or soils and w...

  • Scarecrow

    T H E S C A R E C R O W S T O R Y The Scarecrow story begins in a patch of earth with a fabled p...

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Merlot on Snooth

  • In America tomorrow is the big day: Thanksgiving. Of course most of us will ... come back to poor, maligned Merlot. The Merlot-based blend selection from Lieb Cellars in Long Island wins points for its savory Bordeaux- like qualities, but staying bright throughout the meal.  Snooth Editorial Says: Try it with this recipe for Roast Beef and Aru... Read More

    From the article Unpredictable Food & Wine Pairings


  • Jon - Kékfrankos is the name for BF in Hungarian! "Kék" ... ... can do quite well, and Merlot, Kékfrankos, Zweigelt, Kékoportó, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. And there's a crazy guy there who is also growing Sagrantino and some Italian grapes, some of which I got to taste a few weeks ago.Until the 20th century, it was pretty rare to do monovarietal w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?


  • Few meals arouse anticipation like Thanksgiving dinner. For weeks, if not ... ... This 90% Sangiovese 10% Merlot  blend from Chianti  is a great example. While the Merlot helps to add a bit of juiciness, the classic grape of Tuscany brings floral, spicy, and earthy elements perfect for a great meal.  Photo credit: The Good Life Craft Beer and ... Read More

    From the article 5 Thanksgiving Wines That Won't Break the Bank


  • Last night: This is an excellent example of why anybody who likes Bordeaux ... ... one is a plurality of Merlot and zero Cabernet Sauvignon. A bit of black fruit on the tongue--likely from the Merlot--but it is no fruit bomb.  Medium-bodied to my way of thinking, however, there is a late rush of tannin and acid to suggest potential for additio... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah 2008

    Snoothrank:

    Pretty interesting wine. Quite different from the California style for a Bordeaux blend. (Well, duh.) That might be from the lack of Cabernet Sauvignon. First of all, it is a very attractive bluish-purple in the glass. Big, fruity nose of blackberry and (I know there is no CS.) currant. On the tongue I get that initial blast of black fruit,... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Reyneke Cornerstone 2011

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Krupp Brothers Veraison Napa Valley 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Favorite from the 'Flight No.7: 'California Dreaming' had at CRU in Love Field. From the CRU Tasting Notes: 'Complex nose displaying layers of ripe cassis, dark plum, toasted vanilla spice, bay leaf, floral notes and subtle earthy aromas...The persistent, yet elegant finish is polished and round...' All three were interesting, though this one ha... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Raymond Merlot Napa Reserve 2011

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    Another one from the 'Flight No.7: 'California Dreaming' had at CRU in Love ... coconut and almond flavors. Merlot hardly gets richer than this Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee Red Blend 2010

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    One from the 'Flight No. 7: 'California Dreaming' had while waiting for a delayed flight at Love Field. From the CRU Tasting Notes - fairly accurate 'Supple and polished, with smokey herb, currant, mineral and dusty berry flavors, that firm up nicely ending with a loamy, earthy dried berry flavor.' Not bad at all and quite an enjoyable blend, de... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • We made it home safe and sound with a few less dollars in our bank account but ... places. Also sampled their merlot, a bit one dimensional but the price was right. We then had a taste of the estate and reserve cabs. Again nothing special but these are not you’re +$100 Napa cabs, so you’re getting what you pay for.Last stop of the day was Spri... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Russian River and Napa...


  • 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


  • I hv a Bin 888 cabernet merlet 2004, It is still seal packed. I just wanted to know whether this is consumable now.

    Comment by 475506rajan pd singh 475506 rajan pd singh


  • is it on Snooth the Merlot Gibilmoro?

    Comment by 461833Licia Cardillo 461833 Licia Cardillo


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