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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  • I first encountered Serbian wines two years ago at the Balkans International ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. However, I am most intrigued by the local ones. There are also great blends that combine both camps. Though more white is planted than red, Serbian winemaking talent shines brightest in reds. Prokupa... Read More

    From the article Considering the Wines of Serbia


  • Copperidge Merlot 2012

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    Wine was purchased on April 23, and has not been delivered yet. Read More

    Wine review by rskulina


  • Rockpool 2012 Merlot Monterery County 2012

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    A Tasting Room quarterly selection. Opens with blackberry jam and vanilla, then to toffee and milk chocolate, and then caramel chocolate. Moss, earth, and smoke with ripe cherry plums. Medium to soft tannins with medium acidity. Long finish of earth, herbs, and dried dark fruit. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • We mostly just drank red wines on this trip, except for lunchtime when I mostly ... ... picture shows the usual Merlot red win Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • I had a lovely right bank claret from a petit chateau, It was Cuvee La Rose ... It is a classic blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc and was aged for 12 months in oak barrels.I had it with my supper of lamb chops. There was plenty of blackcurrant and plum style fruit there and the tannins were soft but sufficient to give structure. This ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau Clos Bourbon Cuvee la Rose Bourbon Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Chelsea [www.hhandc.co.uk ... ... right bank blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc which spends 12 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of lamb chops and I did enjoy it. There is lots of a plum and blackcurrant style fruit there and the tannins are soft ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • These wine descriptions aren't the usual “floral hints and notes of ... on Chardonnay at work, using Merlot as part of a death ritual and a drunk pet goat with an apparent affinity for 5-star red wine. Photos from the comedian's Facebook page reveal a variety of signs, ads and flyers laced with Wysaski sometimes witty, sometimes woeful humor. ... Read More

    From the article Wine Comedian's Snicker-Inducing Tasting Notes Featured on HuffPo


  • Mollydooker Two Left Feet 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


  • A chunk of Washington wine growing land was just too tempting for one well ... ... ... is king so cabernet, merlot, malbec, cab franc and even some syrah and just really high quality clones trying to find the right places for the right varieties and that’s really what we’re all about,” Aquilini President Barry Olivier said in an interview wit... Read More

    From the article Canadian Invasion! Hockey Honchos Buy, Develop Washington Land


  • You're probably healthier though DM :)I had another great Sunday dinner of ... remember.  It's a merlot, cab sav, cab franc blend.  Lawrence Herder (from California originally) and Sharron parted company and sold the vineyard last year.  So, this was the last bottle.  The Seven Stones is a very similar blend and was really good, not quite as g... Read More

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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

    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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