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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Passionate wine enthusiast/writer/consultant.Specialist on Italy, where She has made her home and kingdom for the past decade. Travels extensively in Europe and New world,Portugal,Douro, South Africa,and in particular Bordeaux style wines, loves Dolcetto

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Merlot on Snooth

  • Today my sweetie and I went to taste wines at two wine shops in Northern ... ... other a Migration, a Decoy Merlot and finally a Decoy Red Wine.   We bought four of the Duckhorn wines, along with three other special ones, a cheap Bordeaux, a mid-price Italian Sangiovese and a relatively expensive Burgundy red (recommended by the store owner).A... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Taking a cue from Big Al, I took a couple of photos (with my phone which ... ... ... blend of Cab sav and Merlot.  The 2009 was great, but the 2010 sucked and this 2011 is okay.  Last week  I had the Truchard cab (which is really a Bordeaux style blend of five grapes).  There was a moment when I thought, "I wish I had a taster of WHITE wine t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • OT - try finding a bottle of Syrah period! I do it as a little exercise when ... ... supposed to like Cab and Merlot and just like those, most of it is just plonk and people buy it because the variety is listed on the bottle.Matter of fact, I'm thinking that the best deal for Joe Average who goes into a grocery store w/out a clue and wants to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The World's Next Biggest Wine...


  • DV - I don't think there even was a NZ wine industry during Ike's ... ... - I have a few bottles of Merlot that I wanted to keep for a few years to see how they turn out. Syrah is interesting. It's a completely unique take. Not like any I've had from Sonoma, Napa, France, Australia or anywhere. Which is why Syrah is such a great grape.Serious ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The World's Next Biggest Wine...


  • Tokaj, Maule, Yarra and Georgia. They may not sound like much now, but a ... sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, and petit verdot.” Southern Australia's Yarra Valley may also be one of the future's premier regions, McCoy said. “This spot is a hotbed of young ambitious winemakers,” she wrote. “They're mainly chasing great pinot noir and chardonn... Read More

    From the article Bloomberg Predicts The Next Eight Great Wine Regions


  • Big thumbs up for WA Cabs and Merlots.  If you swing and miss, don't be afraid to take another swing.  A few months ago I had a Walla Walla Merlot (Uriah) from Spring Valley winery that would have blown Miles' socks off. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • What a shame Al.  However, I'd say it could benefit from more down ... to be" big merlots that took me kind of by surprise and not good surprise.  Now, this might have just needed an hour or two of air.  I have a Pedestal merlot from Longshadows (Wahington) that was made by Michel Rolland (or at least he collaborated with the winemaker).  It's ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Another Wednesday night and a take-out dinner that we bring over to ... a bottle of Northstar Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington.  At just $32 it wasn't a bad deal (this was the wine club price) but it wasn't our favorite Merlot.   Read More

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  • Taken Red Blend Napa Valley 2012

    Snoothrank:

    A good solid red Napa blend of 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot. Nothing fantastic, but solid. The best part of the wine is the super deep garnet color. It's beautiful in the glass. The nose is decent, and the structure of the wine is decent.The 2012 Taken is worth checking out with lighter faire! Cheers! Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • Some interesting places listed here that seem worthy of exploring...Next "Biggest" Wine Regions Read More

    Forum post in the topic The World's Next Biggest Wine...


  • 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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