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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  • Muirfield Estate Merlot California 2005

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    Fantastic! Rich dark cherry flavor. Robust but not dry. Read More

    Wine review by mjmckool


  • Grayson Cellars Merlot Lot 6 2011

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    Had on sailing ship off key west Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Malvasia Dezzani 2009

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    I first taste this wine in Aviano, Italy and loved it. I often drink Merlot, but this wine was a mixture of dry, sweet, and sparkling which made my taste buds explode with flavor. This is a must have in the U.S.A. Please let me know where to buy in Vegas. Read More

    Wine review by finewines725


  • Josh Cellars Legacy Red Blend

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    Had at wine bar at key west. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Toby Lane Vineyards Rose Alexander Valley 2013

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    Solid wine built along the lines of a weaker red than a rose. Aromas of cherry and raspberry mix with anise, chocolate and spice - though they are heavier, it is still a refreshing wine. Drink now - Paul 86 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • RBA-It was good! I also knew you would prefer the Rockpile over the Limerick ... ... have to try the Duckhorn Merlot and Cab soon.&nbs Read More

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  • MJ - I bet that Merlot was nice.  I think we have tasted it too.  Have you tried a Duckhorn Merlot?  They are pretty expensive but boy are they good. Read More

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  • Today we went to a Total Discovery wine tasting at TW free of charge for its ... its ... A Cab lover's Merlot!&nbs Read More

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  • I am somewhat naive, given my lack of intelligence.  Be that as it may, I ... ... glass of Bordeaux (100 % Merlot in this case) actually proposed to his fiance at the event.  I got a great picture of them after she showed us the ring.  He was building up his courage I suppose.  The weather was perfect and Sandra was there to help pull new bott... Read More

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  • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2013

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    Soft red fruit aromas of raspberry and sweet cherry with a bit of chalky earth and some floral notes on the nose. Dusty and dry in the mouth, this delivers a rich red fruit palate with a dose of medicine and dark chocolate towards the finish. Good acidity and fresh earthiness towards the finish add some complexity here. 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

    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

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