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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  • Back in the 80’s Chateau Musar and its winemaker Gaston Hochar caused ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.  “Our whites are delicate and aromatic whilst our reds are rich, fleshy and tannic”, notes Ksara’s Chairman Zafer Chaoui.To complete the French Connection, Ksara’s winemaker is a Bordeaux man, “I was at Chateau Prieure-Li... Read More

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  • Hi everyone,So let's post here some wine that presidents drink all over the ... ... by RiaNews they had 2014 Merlot and Chardonnay "Usadba Divnomorskoe". It's about 35-40$. Haven't tasted yet....I wonder why it's written in Russian, how Macron would read it? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mr. President's choice :)

  • Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2014


    Chalky, dusty aromas of blackberry and black cherry. In the mouth this has pleasant spice and nice fruit flavors of black cherry, blackberry, nicely balanced with a touch of spice and a pleasantly tannic finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Las Prisas Valle Central Chile Merlot 2016


    while Merlot is not my go to wine this cuvee proved to be subtle, defined and fresh. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2015


    Dusty and dry but quite fruity aromas of plum, raisin and red currant. Nicely spiced and red fruited on the palate with raspberry, red currant and Bing cherry flavors with a touch of herb clinging to the edges and streaks of resinous tannin coming through on the chocolatey finish. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Bogle Merlot 2015


    Gift from the Drake's. Consumed some at the Gibson wake and the rest on Mother's Day 2018. Most liked it. I was not one of them. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Chateau Cissac Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... 75% cabernet sauvignon,20% merlot and 5% petit verdot and was aged in oak barrels.I started it last night with my supper of bacon and mushroom pasta bake. My initial impresion was how fresh and fruity it was [think blackcurrant and bramble] with a hint of coffee,smoke and licorice and some unobt... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Ok thank you.  So how do you tell if a blend is more on the Cab-Merlot side of the equation or more on the side of some other combination.  In other words, what would be, for those bottles not listing it on the label, the grapes used.  Is there a way to know? In other words, if I buy a bottle of, say, Bold Red Dinner Blend, what is the makeup of... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • "...what's with all the spam looking stuff. Good Lord, are there no ... a higher price than, say, merlot) and specific winemakers and specific plots of land that have (usually) proven their worth. The cheaper bottles are from broader regional designations as opposed to specific famous vineyard plot Read More

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  • Hey Snoothland, more questions.Was going to branch out  a little from my Lindeman Cab-Merlot playpen but got confused real quick.  At my Krogers it seems like most of the other blended wines don't really tell you what it is beyond descriptions meant to wet your whistle.  For instance, a label may say "Custom Red Blend",  "Bold Red Blend", and si... Read More

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  • 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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