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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  • Cakebread Cellars Pinot Noir Two Creek Vineyards 2014

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    Had at Eddie Merlot's as part of flight Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Justin Isosceles 2014

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    E had it at Eddie's. Is a blend of cab, cab franc and merlot Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Trapiche Merlot 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by martce


  • Have you ever heard about "2007 Lazarus Wine "Orange Label" ... ... ... to keep the wine fresh. Merlot and Syrah from the area around Huesca, Aragon are blended to create this delicious red.I just wonder whether the quality of wine is really so good. What do you thin Read More

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  • Langhe Rosso Monsordo Ceretto 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 2013

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    A lot of berry fruit on entry brings fear of a wimpy fruit bomb. However, then A LOT of tannin tells you this is a grownups wine. Nothing earth-shaking, here, but a solid experience for less than $20. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Y'know, in the bad old days I, too, hated CA Merlot.Then, a miracle happened -- Sideways.  Once Miles castigated Merlot, all the cool kids stopped drinking Merlot, and, suprise, surprise much of the crappy Merlot that was available disappeared.  Now, the really good news is that the makers that continued with the grape really stepped up their ga... Read More

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  • I do love a good Merlot wine.  I've found the best tasting one to be the Duckhorn Merlot, Three Palms Vineyard; it's expensive though at $98 a bottle.  I think it's better than a lot of Cabs out there.  Good luck with the pool.   Read More

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  • Joseph Carr Napa Valley Merlot 2013

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    I must admit I was leery at first, but settled in and was wonderful. Plum, blackberry, judicious spice and layered spice with framing tannins/acidity driving a good after taste. Drink or hold - 18-24 mths - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • AL - Decanting would have been a good idea - you're right there.Getting the ... ... not a huge fan of Cali merlot - not that they don't produce good ones, but in general it seems to me that you usually pay dearly for it.  I tend to go Washington merlot.  This was the 2nd JC wine recommended to me so I figured - I liked the 1st (Their Napa Vall... 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

    Comment by 508578MEJD 508578 MEJD


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