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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  • Château Rollan de By Cru Bourgeois Médoc Bordeaux 2011


    I bought two bottles of this wine for £12 from the website ... My bottles consist of 70% merlot and 10% each of the two cabernets and petit verdot.I started the first bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken.There is plenty of a blueberry,blackcurrant and plum style fruit with a hint of vanilla and some soft but structured tannins.This... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • I’m often asked by novice wine drinkers if Chianti Classico is worth its ... Red grapes like Cabernet, Merlot, and Colorino can appear in the remaining twenty percent of the blend. As of 2006, white grapes are no longer permitted in Chianti Classico wines. The minimum alcohol level for Chianti Classico is 12% (compared to 11.5% for Chianti DOC... Read More

    From the article The Classico in Chianti Matters

  • Chateau de la Grave Nectar Vieilles Vignes 2005


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... producer,consists of 90% merlot and !0% cabernet sauvignon,and was aged for 18 months in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is some lovely blackcurrant, and vanilla style fruit with some soft but structured tannins.In short,this is ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Went international last night.  Some real surprises - pleasant ones ... ... the money.This Craggy Range merlot blend is something I've been drinking for years - it'll remain that way.Love Melville and this did not disappoint.  Some bacony note, but mostly fruit, pepper, chocolate, mocha, pepper.  Got tannin to acid ratio down pat.  Good effort... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Le Regge Chianti Classico 2013


    This has pleasant notes of cola, fresh cherries and plenty of zesty acidity along for the ride. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth and full of lively spices and fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Villa S. Andrea Chianti Classico 2013


    Friendly, fruity aromas of perky cherry, blueberry and allspice with some restrained earth showing on the nose. The tart muted cranberry fruit, toasted char and mineral earth on the palate is quite striking for its lack of fruit after the expansive fruit on the nose. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Cantine Guidi Chianti Classico 2015


    Soft floral cherry blossom and earthy clay aromas with a hint of sweet spice. This is candied and quite fruity on the attack with a floral cherry and strawberry candy note to start but turning quite earthy towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Setriolo Chianti Classico 2013


    Cranberry, elderberry and black cherry aromas with white blossom and candied fruit. This has a lot of sweet spice on the palate, creamy in texture with chewy tannins, a burst of acidity and blueberry fruit towards the light finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Poggio Al Sole Chianti Classico 2014


    A bit savory on the nose with light cherry and red currant aromas and moist earth. This is a bit simple in the mouth, with tart cherry and raspberry fruit, a shock of acidity and a pleasant earthy spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva 2013


    Milk chocolate and blackberry preserves on the nose. This is rich, juicy and refreshing in the mouth, providing a lot of depth in a single dimension without being overly complex - fresh fruit, zesty acidity and perky spice make for a wine that's easy drinking and food friendly. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • With that in mind that, this is how it usually takes place. 2 weeks in (if you may be lucky) arrives the 1st excuse. "I was really hectic with operate today, but I'll make over the missed routine later in the week".

    Comment by 2158733annyjon 2158733 annyjon

  • How do I find the sugar content of selected wines?

    Comment by 1958687Travis Cavnar 1958687 Travis Cavnar

  • 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

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