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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  • L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Seven Hills Vineyard 2010

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    The wine is a beautiful rich ruby color in the glass, with a nice dark indigo ...-merlot.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Reininger Cima 2008

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    The wine is a beautiful bright ruby color in the glass, with great clarity. The nose is a sophisticated and layered presentation of ripe black fruit over some smoke which plays nicely off some mineral notes and a hint of leather, very reminiscent of a nice Tuscan blend. The taste a brief flash of ripe plum and tart cherry that subsides into so... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Chateau Martinens Cru Bourgeois Margaux 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2011

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    The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, with a center that borders on ...-merlot.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2001

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    Now bear in mind, I decanted this bottle for about an hour before tasting. The ...-merlot.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Seven Hills "Pentad" Walla Walla Valley Washington 2012

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    The wine itself is a beautiful dark ruby color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is a rich combination of leather, dark cherry, espresso and some floral notes. The taste is really exceptional, with some lovely ripe berry notes up front that transition beautifully to some lovely tart cherry and mocha notes midpalate. The finish is show... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Mente 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by pagocasadelblanco


  • That was a Merlot house wine with the cheese cake.  I try to take the pictures before we dive into the food.   Right now we are enjoying a live performance on the main deck. Read More

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  • February seasonal temperatures in Napa Valley can be remarkably cool and wet, ... ... "Mailbox" Merlot vineyard just below the Keenan Best Napa valley wine tasting. Budbreak occurs when the new leaf shoots appear on the vine canes and traditionally signals the start of the grape growing season. It's occurring a few weeks earlier in the year t... Read More

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  • Greg got kidnapped!  :)That looks like the kind of night that happens very ... ... had a couple of BC cab/merlot blends before dinner, so Chester had a look in my fridge for an appropriate dinner companion.  My only other Italian options were several Amarone and Brunello's, which need to be opened sooner.  The Barbera was a beauty.  Right out ... Read More

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  • 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


  • is it on Snooth the Merlot Gibilmoro?

    Comment by 461833Licia Cardillo 461833 Licia Cardillo


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