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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  • Chateau de la Huste 2014


    Bought in 375ml from Total Wine. Mostly merlot. Good acidity with some biting tannins. Would be better in a few years. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Nice motorsport pictures. I am a follower of Motogp myself. However;-,back to ... is a  Beciul Domnesc Merlot Cotesti 2012 from Vincon Vrancea in Romania. I got given this at Christmas and do not know where it came from or monies paid or even who my benefactor was as it was Secret Santa at work. Romanian wines have not had a good reputation in... Read More

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  • Beciul Domnesc Merlot Cotesti 2012


    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas and do not know where my benefactor got it from or any monies paid. although with all the recent Romanian immigrants into London there are now a number of specialist Romanian shops.Beciul Domnesc translates as Royal Cellar and Cotesti is a vineyard area in Romania.I started the bottle last night with... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • The Winemakers' Collection Andrea Franchetti Cuvée No. 3 Château d'Arsac 2007


    unfortunately I did not like this at all. wine was way too spicy. the label felt like a cheap Godfather spinoff. rather sad that a Bordeaux winemaker had resorted into such gimmicks. needs a serious rethink... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • DM - Trump is moving fast on cutting back our freedoms.  The next march is ... ... 'Indian Wells' Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington.  This was a very tasty Merlot and I highly recommend it.  Maybe we'll have a chance to see their winery in March?  Sandra had a cedar-baked salmon with a 2012 Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexander Chardonnay from... Read More

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  • Château Moulins-Listrac Red Bordeaux Blend Puisseguin-St. Émilion 1983


    fruits and oak dominate, with a touch of spices. mainly blackcurrants and cherries. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Cosse Maisonneuve le Sid Cahors 2003


    rich, oaky, fruity, with some hints of blueberries Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • EM-My motorsports season started with the IROC Race! Excellent format as each ... 2009 we had last year. The Merlot comes through a little too much for my palate. Blackcherry, raspberry, light-medium body, short finish. We visited this winery in 2009, good owners but I was hoping this would be closer to the 2009 profile which was more dense, s... Read More

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  • Gabriele Vino Sweet Red 2012


    Thy best sweet red wine I've ever tried!! Taste good and will get you nice!! Definitely recommended Read More

    Wine review by Mznikki34

  • Wolf Blass Shiraz Merlot Cabernet Eaglehawk 2012


    rich in fruits... but cloying Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

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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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