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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  • Today, just a few short days after returning from our west coast wine tasting ... to offer us a glass each of Merlot, Cab Franc and Cab Sauvignon so we could do our own blending experimentation, as they were doing that downstairs with their 2016 harvest.  We ended up determining that Cab Sauvignon and Cab Franc wasn't perfect, but adding in so... Read More

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  • Stephen, you should start thinking in terms of sourcing from the US directly. I ... 1999 Napa Merlot   |  12 in stock  |  $69.99 Inglenook 1984 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Reunion  |  1 in stock  |  $84.99 Kosta Browne 2005 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  |  1 in stock  |  $99.99 Kosta Browne 2005 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir  |  1 in stock  |  $119.99... Read More

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  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you ... Chateau St. Michelle Cab or Merlot is actually pretty decent for what you pay. And in WA, Merlot is probably what you want to start with. They do a fantastic job. Not mass production but fairly priced would be Arbor Crest, Pepper Bridge, Januik and many others.If... Read More

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  • Despite my somewhat feeble attempts trying to find US wine in Australia is frustratingSo I think I would like to build a list of high Quality but not astronomic priced wines my American Snooth Colleagues would suggest I look out forBare in mind that if it is from a very small niche producer I would need to know how I can source it in AustraliaSo... Read More

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  • With springtime upon us, wine enthusiasts around the world are looking to ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon (66%) and Merlot (34%) with its dense blackberry, friendly fine grained tannins and lingering finish topped my list; that’s if you have a spare £175 ($220). “Left Bank?”, I hear you say. For once wine trade lingo is useful; guess what, the Left... Read More

    From the article Bordeaux or Bust!


  • Me either but Stephen has a point. A lot of the 1997 Napa wines didn't fare ... Cot with a good splash of Merlot. Retained a lot of acidity but added some complexity from the maturing process.I liked it less when it was young.Thanks for posting those JD.&nbs Read More

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  • Just got another box of Mike Smith's wines, and have noticed the ABV's are in a reasonable space for today's super ripe Napa market. Maybe it's just the wines I tend to buy from Mike's labels, as he has said he likes the challenge of making higher ABV wines drink in a balanced way.This could have been a PM to OT, but I figured others would be in... Read More

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  • Lodmell Cellars Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2007

    Snoothrank:

    nose of nectar; black currant and pepper spices, but with some mineral freshness Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Merlot 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Disappointed. Above the level of Charles Shaw wines but not much. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Château Ramage la Batisse Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 1993

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot and spent 16 months in oak barrels. I started the bnottle last night with my supper of roast chicken.In spite of being over 20 years old my first impresion was how fresh and fruity it was,There is a blackcurrant,plum and blackberry style fruit with a hin... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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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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