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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  • Red Rock Winery Merlot 2014

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    Bought at GE on 5/3/16 for 8.99. This was Reserve 2014. Read More

    Wine review by hedediah


  • Chateau Quinault l'Enclos Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2006

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought from the website ... .My bottle consists of 80% merlot,10% cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc and spent 18 months in new oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of lamb shanks and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and blueberry style fruit there and the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de Pellehaut Harmonie de Gascogne 2014

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    Old world in style with low abv 12%. Smoked meat on the nose; reminded me of country ham. Red fruit with medium acidity and smooth mouth drying tannins on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Recanati Yasmin Red 2014

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    a smidgen rough but than begins to soften to the palate. a reasonable blend that I have found to be the most tasteful this pass over fest. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Red Rock Winemaker's Blend Reserve 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Interesting evening. We started at the German Ambassador's residence (Dr. ... following varietals: Merlot, Acolon, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Regent.  It was decent.After that, we headed over to The Kennedy Center for the National Symphony Orchestra 'Declassified' performance of Richard Rodgers 'Carousel Waltz' and then Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill's... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • EM, that is quite an interesting story.  It's amazing the parallels we ... glass, Sandra selected her Merlot from New Zealand and of course I went with my Grenache.  Dessert came at the end, with Sandra choosing the cappuccino thing and I went with the pecan pie.  Very tast Read More

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  • Nathan Creek Merlot NV

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    This is the house Merlot at my favorite restaurant. I've tried several varieties since but always come back to this one. Read More

    Wine review by Mymymymymerlot


  • Domaine de Grange Neuve Bergerac Rouge 2012

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    I bought a bottle of this wine at the 2016 London France Show where I met the ... ... bottle consists of 60% merlot and 20% each of the two cabernets.I started it last night with my supper of lamb chops and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a fresh blackcurrant blackberry and plum style fruit there and the tannins are fairly soft. It is a smo... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Tenuta Guado Al Tasso Antinori Red Blend Bolgheri Superiore 1996

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    Wine review by dhefter


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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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