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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  • Beringer Merlot 2014


    This is my go-to merlot. No other merlot compares. It's amazing that it is so affordable. I always have a few bottles of the red merlot on hand. Read More

    Wine review by westcoastdeedee7

  • I don't have time to type all this, but here goes.DM, I was mostly trying ... ... cabs or blends, or merlot.  The Indian Wells merlot or cab is very good for the price.  See if they have anything from Kiona Winer Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Washington makes 'some' of the best wine in North America.DV speaks the ... up a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot from Washington State if you see one on a store shelf.  Columbia Crest and Chateau Ste. Michelle are both widely distributed and reasonably priced.  Also, now that I think of it Chateau Ste. Michelle produces a pretty good Rieslin Read More

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  • To give you a better idea of how influenced the masses are (or ignorant is a ... is a better word), sales of merlot went down a lot after that movie.  Pinot isn't a bad place at all for a person to start.I actually find Meiomi to be a bit unlike Pinot, but I'll let you say what you feel about it.  As I always tell new people,"there is no right... Read More

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  • Just reading about this producer, obviously a question for GregT, and maybe ... ... Attila Gere SOLUS (100% Merlot) Hungary's unofficial Petrus2012 Fuleky Azsu Late Harvest Pallas  - Need to have some sweet Azsu around, and this seemed like a good, economical option. Further research and funds required before delving into some 5 or 6 Puttonyo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hungary: Kiralyudvar, Gere, etc.

  • Tilia Merlot 2013


    This opens up pleasantly with aromas of earthy ripe cherry and raspberry, warm spice and clay. Earthy and red fruited in the mouth with streaks of licorice and medicine, you'll notice spice and clay notes and a dark spice mixed with mixed red berry and tart cranberry lift on the finish.88 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Stephen Vincent Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 2012


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    Wine review by gmb468

  • Frans & Liz Roskam Roskam Red Bordeaux 2014


    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 10/15 Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Michel-Schlumberger le Sage Merlot Dry Creek Valley 2009


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    Wine review by raindance

  • Kendall Jackson 'Vintners' Reserve Summation Red 2012


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    Wine review by ss799

  • 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

  • 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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