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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  • Ashfield Cellars Merlot Ca Ashfield Cellars Merlot Ca

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    very good for a merlot, but therein lies the rub: it is just too sweet for me and I suspect the vintor added some sugar which i disdain. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence ... Redmond, ENOFYLZ Wine BlogMerlot makes insipid red wines.  Long before Sideways took a swipe at Merlot and launched Pinot Noir further into the wine stratosphere there were issues. A lot of wineries were making Merlot in a style that didn’t inspire enthusiasm. I... Read More

    From the article Wine Myths: Debunked


  • Went to a Total Wine Caymus Wine tasting yesterday (live web-cast). Yes, we ... were talking up the Emmolo Merlot which I thought was just pure alcohol. Got a 15% off coupon and purchased some daily drinkers.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Had this at lunch at Marcello's Chophouse the other day. Interesting - I asked ... I asked what the wine was, a Merlot, I thought funny, would have guessed it a Pinot. Then of course, the more it sat in the glass, the more it became a 'Merlot', quite lovely though. Next time I am going to ask them to tell me the wrong varietal and see if I can... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Rex Goliath Merlot Monterey County Free Range 2010

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    SHOCKING !! Had this last night - house wine in The Office restaurant, ... ... Ridgewood ,NJ . One of best Merlots in a long time- had no idea how inexpensive it was. SHOCKING ! You have to taste it to believe it- won't be buying any other merlots for quite a while- try it and be prepared to be shock Read More

    Wine review by Orange84


  • MJ - We belong to the Repris wine club, not the mailing list.  We belong ... ... wine, a 2010 Duckhorn Merlot (Atlas Peak vineyard).  Very nice and pairs well with pork chops on the gril Read More

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  • Turning Leaf Vineyards Merlot California 2010

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    I got this as a wine rack filler and only paid $3.50+tax. For that price, it serves it's purpose. Smooth to someone with deeper pallet. Read More

    Wine review by Susan425


  • Puerto Viejo Merlot 2010

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    Highly recommend this Merlot for the price. It outshines all others in this price range and many above. (Out of all the wines I've tried.) Also, my husband hated wine...he now enjoys this Merlot with me. Read More

    Wine review by Susan425


  • Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe TastingWhen: July 24Where: Pierre Loti ... ... are predominantly made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, which benefit from the clay- and chalk-rich soils. Merlot makes up the majority (about 65%) of vines planted around Saint-Emilion, and continues to increase in popularity because of the softer, more approachable ... Read More

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  • Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • How do I find the sugar content of selected wines?

    Comment by 1958687Travis Cavnar 1958687 Travis Cavnar


  • 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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