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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  • Maryhill Winery Proprietor's Reserve Tavola Rosso Columbia Valley 2011

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    Sweet molasses and maple syrup aromas with ripe cherry and strawberry fruit on the nose. Dry and sticky in the mouth, this carries an herbal backbone throughout with tarry minerality, loamy earth and good structure. Fruit flavors are darker than the palate and carrying blackberry and black cherry along with a dark chocolate and roasted espresso ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Peirano Estate Vineyards The Other Red Blend Lodi 2014

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    Savory and fruity aromas of dark baking spice, raspberry and strawberry with notes of blossom, fresh dewy earth and a touch of cherry. Well integrated palate with harmonious red fruit notes of ripe cherry, raspberry and red currant, a bit tart but easy drinking and approachable with soft tannins and a violet, blueberry finish with good balance. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Trapiche Iscay Merlot Malbec 2007

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    rich fruits, bordering to sweet Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Here in the United States we are on a first-name basis with our wine grapes. ... ... understand what “Merlot”, “Moscato”, and “Cabernet” mean. Nowadays “Pinot” and even “Riesling” are familiar pals too. This is largely because the United States and other New World regions label their wines by varietal rather than geographic area. Wine writer ... Read More

    From the article The Rise of Non-Traditional Wine Blends


  • Fanagoria Author's Wine Cabernet-Merlot 2015

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    Kind of Italian style wine. I feel a little saperavi ending, maybe they reuse same barrels, but it's nice in general. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Viña Misiones de Rengo Merlot Rapel Valley 2008

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    nice cherry fruits Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Pierre Jean Merlot Vin de Pays de l'Aude 2010

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    nice and welcoming, with fine cherry fruits and some spice undertones Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Domaine Gonet-Medeville Bordeaux Superieur Cru Mon Plaisir 2014

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    young and fruity, very inviting! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Liversan Haut-Medoc 2003

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... My bottle consists of 50% merlot,49% cabernet sauvignon and 1% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels. I started the bottle last night with my supper of chicken breast wrapped in bacon and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurranbt and blueberry style fruit there and t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • The Dreaming Tree Crush 2013

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    Aromas of various berry (blueberry, cherry, hint 'o raspberry), Earthy oak spice,and vanilla smoothness. Flavors follow suit.....ripe plum jam sweetness, boysenberry, cherry, blueberry, and a hint 'o raspberry tartness...alcohol is smooth and refined and vanilla roundness. This makes a very nice evening wine and is highly drinkable! Dave Mathe... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


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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

    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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