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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  • I have enjoyed Smith-Madrone in the past and have just a couple more laying ... ... the other day--'13 Merlot and '13 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Both of these were "Spring Mountain District" bottlings.  The CS was in the low $60s.  So, not as cost effective as the S-M.  I know that Barnett has some SVD bottlings of CS, but they get a bit too spendy... Read More

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  • Frei Brothers Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    A damn fine bottle of wine. Maybe the best I've had from that winery. Plenty of firm, dark berry firm, chewy tannins and a core of cedar, chocolate and spice with good acidty for a puckering mouthwatering finish. Really good for the money. Drink or hold - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Charles Smith Merlot Washington State the Velvet Devil 2013

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    From the maker of Boom! Boom! Syrah. For the price point this is a real steal. Vivid berry fruits, spice, earthy tones and a pencil lead quality that really pops out for some reason lead to medium tannins and well framed acidity. What follows is a juicy, lengthy after taste. Charles Smith does it again. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Peter Lehmann's "clancy'S" Red Blend C/S/M 2011

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    A real joy to drink. Full bodied but not over bearing with plenty of black and blue berry fruits. spice, some pepper, chocolate and earthy tones couple with medium tannins and well balanced acidity. Drink now - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Celler de Capçanes Montsant Vall del Calás 2003

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    I bought two bottles of this wine on the website ... My bottles consist of 50% merlot,36% grenache and 15% tempranillo and were aged in oak barrels.I started the first bottle last night with my supper of chicken breast cooked in bacon and I did enjoy it. There is certainly plenty of a blackcurrant, blackberry and redcurrant style fruit there,th... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau l'Argenteyre Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2010

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    Boy did this blossom over the last 2 years. Bought it on a whim after it was recommended to me as a "sleeper" by a friend. Had one a couple of yrs ago and didn't really think much of it - man have things changed. No longer a unyielding child it has grown into a velvety smooth, dark fruited, twinged with oak and a modestly tannic wine. Vanilla an... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Yeah, Merlot has alays done well on Long Island.  The climate and soil suit it very well.  If I'm not mistaken I think we also made a Can Franc at Hargrave as well.  Cab Franc seems to be less affected by the East Coast's propensity to produce this age-acquired veggieness in some of the other varietals. Read More

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  • Quite a bit of history and definition there, well done.  I like some of ... ... to do better , IMO, is merlot - big strides being made there als Read More

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  • Wow, that picture came out just a little bigger than I was expecting! lolGood ... ... back then was primarily Merlot followed by Chardonnay and Pinot noir.  Cabernet Sauvignon had difficulty ripening fully and presented most winemakers with the infamous Monterey "veggie" character.  Monterey has generally fixed their problem - not sure with L... Read More

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  • Hi, I'm Bruce.  I'm a UC Davis graduate of enology (26 years ago..alas) and have recently joined Snooth.  I was a former winemaker and enologist at two wineries on Long Island during the 1990s and am now semi-retired in Sarasota, FL.I'm still working in the wine trade, part-time in retail, but otherwise retired.  I'm still active in wine and eno... Read More

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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

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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

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