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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  • Ca Marcanda Promis 2011

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Tandem Ars Nova 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex ... 40% tempranillo and 20 % merlot. and was aged in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my pork chop supper and I did enjoy it.There is a lot of blackcurrant,cherry and blueberry fruit there,the tannins are soft but well structured and there is a little spice on the finish... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • The effects of global warming have already caught the attention of the ... ... Southern France and planting Merlot, too.  Other winemakers are starting to plant Pinot Noir in some of the country's higher elevations, soaking up the daytime sunshine but taking advantage of the cool mountain nights.  Yet this sense of innovation is tempered by a ... Read More

    From the article Warmer Climate Not a Bad Omen for Swiss Winemakers


  • Early Mountain Vineyards Red Vine 2012

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    This Virginia red blend started off half way decent but faded fast. A blend of 38% Merlot, 27% Cab Franc, 14% Malbec, 11% Cab Sauv and 10% Petit Verdot, initial impression came across with some red berries, a touch of earth and a hint of oak. All of this dissipated fairly quickly leaving a hint of fruit, slightly chalky tannins and medium short ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Château Cos d'Estournel Red Bordeaux Blend St. Estèphe 1994

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    Wine review by Frenzy


  • Château Moine Vieux St. Émilion-Grand Cru 2011

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    Wine review by Frenzy


  • RBA, thought we'd try this bottle tonight with some corn o'cob and ... ... faded fast. A blend of 38% Merlot, 27% Cab Franc, 14% Malbec, 11% Cab Sauv and 10% Petit Verdot, initial impression came across with some red berries, a touch of earth and a hint of oak. All of this dissipated fairly quickly leaving a hint of fruit, slightly chalky tann... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Winking Owl Vineyards Merlot Los Angeles County 2012

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    Subtle flavors of black cherry, mixed berries and a hint of vanilla. Pairs well with steak, pork and pasta//ALDI Read More

    Wine review by RDDEES


  • EM - So what was the 2011 Merlot?  That Chardonnay looks tasty to me.  Maybe it was over-oaked?V V - We almost had an Albarino tonight, as there was one in my rack but alas it was not chilled.  I elected to grab a Spanish bottle out of our fridge because we were celebrating Sandra's fathers (Bob) birthday (89) this evening, and well - you need t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • OK Mark, haven't had a Ceritas but have heard very nice things about the ... all dying here what was the Merlot?Cooking one of our standards tonight - chili rellenos, roasted pablanos stuffed with roasted chicken and mozz, covered with a sliced zucchini and tomato sauce that was sauteed with a couple of jalapenos. Now if I could only find thos... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • 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

    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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