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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  • Concha Y Toro Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2015

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    A great tasting inexpensive table wine. It is smooth very litte bite or acrid taste. I love this wine and it is a favorite table wine. Read More

    Wine review by standow1


  • Enjoying a bottle of Red Roosters' "The Coop".....BC VQA Merlot.....superb for the price :) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Red Roosters' the Coop 2014

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    Nice ruby/brown coloration with sweet aromas, juicy cherry/plum/field berries and slight spice. The flavors are actually quite sweet, which I'm digging and this is light and fruit forward....cherries, grapes, strawberry, hints of blueberry and slightly tart raspberry. There is mellow spice and chocolate blended in there as well. Light to medi... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Columbia Crest H3 Red Blend les Chevaux 2013

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    Very good and a perfect everday wine. Aromas of violets, blackberry and spice lead to full mouthing palate. Smooth tannins, driving acidity, plenty of fruit...90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Aoyo Reserva de Familia Wine 2011

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    Wine review by aoyo wine


  • Gran Reserva Merlot. Carmen 2011

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    Carmen 2011 Merlot Gran Reserva, Maipo Alta $4.99 pre-sale price, bought during the 20% sale at Grocery Outlet.This is a very nice Merlot for the price paid. Im generally not a Merlot fan, but Ive got no issues with this one, except that its not a big blockbuster and its not going to be an ager, as it has no tannins to speak of. A very smooth, e... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • I have had and enjoyed a number of 98 right bank clarets.I even had a 98 ... ... the spiritual home of the merlot grape although it is usually blended with a little cabernet fra Read More

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  • Matthew Fox Merlot California

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    No written review

    Wine review by tdbangor


  • Hi All-Have not had a chance to get on here for a while. After my daughter was born in 98 and the wines started coming out a couple years later I started buying 98s from Bugundy and Bordeaux as I came across them. A couple days ago I opened one for the first time to celebrate her getting into the USC drama school. All of a sudden we're Trojan fo... Read More

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  • Getting back to wine for a moment, last night we hosted a wine dinner with our ... ... over two bottles, a Napa Merlot (2014 Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards) and an Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (2015 Twomey Pinot Noir).  We started with that Trump Blanc de Blanc that was given to us last month (I didn't like it much, probably due to the green ap... 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

    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

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