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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  • Old World Winery Fog Line Two Vineyards 2007


    Deep purple opaque in color. Moderate nose suggesting blueberry. Fairly fruity on entry. Blueberry is there, but also a jammy suggestion. Some spiciness at the back of the palatesomething like cinnamon or clove. Then, again, it almost like chocolate. Moderately tannicwhich was a bit of a surprise to meand good acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • OT, I went fairly deep considering this was my first order placed with Bedrock ... ... Rhone rose made from Merlot and Syrah. Subtle nose of strawberry and red cherry. On the palate is more strawberry, bing cherry, cranberry, a bit of green melon, lively acidity and a medium finish. Great QP Read More

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  • Today I received the e-mail solicitation from Under the Wire.  I was in ... Line, Two Vineyards -- 70% Merlot/30% Syrah.  The way I read the back label, the Merlot was sourced from the Mounts Bench Vienyard in Dry Creek Valley and the Syrah was from the Rockin' R Ranch in the Ukiah Valley.  (13.5% ABV) So, between the information overload, and... Read More

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  • Thanks for your comments!@DMCKER: How I ended in China is a long story. But to ... Merlot Tyné and Malvoisie Flétrie by Rouvinez. This is one of the main company in Valais. The page about these two wines are in English: and Read More

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  • WD - I have a 2013 Duckhorn Decoy Sauvignon Blanc in the fridge, but this ... ... the 2011 Bordeaux Superieur Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Domain de Courteillac.  My late lunch was the hanger steak after a few servings of this delicious brea Read More

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  • Rombauer Merlot Napa Valley 2010


    Explosive cherry and blackberry aromas. Ripe black cherry and cinnamon spice on ... excellent expression of the Merlot grap Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Hi everyone! Let me introduce myself briefly. I come from Valais (the viticole area in the South of Switzerland), but I'm currently studying cinematography in China. I had to make a documentary as a homework assignment so I decided to develop the subject of "Heroic Viticulture" (mountain viticulture) from Valais.I've just uploaded my work online... Read More

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  • Annabella Special Selection Merlot 2011


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    Wine review by veriwine

  • Apaltagua Gran Verano Merlot 2013


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    Wine review by stachlaw

  • Villa Francioni Tinto 2006


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    Wine review by RNicoluzzi

  • 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

  • I hv a Bin 888 cabernet merlet 2004, It is still seal packed. I just wanted to know whether this is consumable now.

    Comment by 475506rajan pd singh 475506 rajan pd singh

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