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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  • Sycamore Lane Merlot 2012

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    Clear cranberry rusty color and good clarity overall....reminds me of a grape ... ... This is a nice sociable Merlot that displays Napa grapes to the extent that they are meant to be had. Great value vin Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Renieri Re di Renieri 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Robvoltz


  • Sat. night watching the Packers and a bonfire afterwards.  Had these:This ... ... everyday value.The worst Merlot I've had in years - the H3 Merlot is heads and shoulders above this and it's cheape Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Podernuovo a Palazzone Therra 2012

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • Navarra may sound like a dusty desert town in an old Western movie but in ... ... of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot add their classic blackcurrant and damson flavours to the juicy reds. The red varieties have a bumper 95% share of the vines to produce reds and roses but, that said, don’t write off the whites (Chardonnay is making its mark) even... Read More

    From the article Spanish Wines in the Shadows


  • Franc Dusak Malbec Lake County 2015

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    Another recent Naked Wines selection and a smooth one. Smooth number. Deep dark ... ... said, seemed more like a Merlot to me, but a good everyday win Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Chateau Ducluzeau Listrac Medoc 1991

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... My bottle consists of 90% merlot and 10% cabernet sauvignon,an unusual blend for the left bank,and was aged in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.At first I thought it might be corked because the cork crumbled as I attempted to remove it and some of i... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • This Bordeaux blend is decent but not great in any way.  It's getting ... money.  It's 75% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc.  Should have tasted better in my opinion.  Was 2010 a bad year in Bordeaux?  I know that 2009 was an exceptional yea Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • Izumov Crimea Merlot 2016

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    Beautiful deep red color with golden rim. medium body wine: mellow plums, peaches, yummy wild strawberries toasted oak drowning in vanilla... for just 8 bucks?! I'm impressed! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013

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    Always solid - this and their Merlot offer great QPR drinking at this level. Large dark berry fruits, red plum, chewy tannins and driving acidity make this an easy everyday drinking choice. 88 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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    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


  • Does anyone know anything about Dealu Mare Romania Merlot 2002

    Comment by 508578MEJD 508578 MEJD


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