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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  • Chateau Reve d'Or Pomerol 1995

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... one.The wine consists of 80% merlot,15% cabernet sauvignon and 5% cabernet franc,a typical right bank blend. My bottle had obviously been well kept because it was in near perfect codition with the level well up into the neck.I started it last night with my supper of pork stew and I did e... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Arnaldo-Caprai Montefalco Rosso 2013

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    Trick cherry syrup and rose petal aromas hanging with baking spice and a hint of ripe blueberry. Darker and richer on the palate and showing powerful structure and medium body, the fruit is lighter with cranberry, cherry and raspberry notes to start with more tannins washing in behind the fruit and settling in the mouth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • When he started Kendall-Jackson Winery thirty-two years ago, Jess Jackson's ... gold varieties, Chardonnay. Merlot goes with the yellow red and medium red tomatoes, and finally the purple/black/deep red tomatoes are good for Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. Tomatoes are still abundant right now, so it’s not too late to try something like this at ho... Read More

    From the article Wine That Says "Count On Me"


  • Tokaji Furmint for a dry white, though I'm not sure what the ideal pairing ... to go wrong. Villanyi Merlot would be my pick off the list for reds. Crispy roast duck looks nice, maybe better suited for a red Burgundy.Tokaji 5 Puttonyos afterward.Didnt notice this restaurant was in London, bummer. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching Challenge 5: what...


  • Haven't put up one of these in awhile. This time will make things more specific and real, in that you will need to imagine you're hosting a meal at this restaurant in London's Soho. It's something I did a few times during my period of busy London business visits at the end of the '80s through early last decade. The first time I sweated a bit bec... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching Challenge 5: what...


  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is an event filled with terrific wine and food from ... ... 2014 Bench Vineyards Merlot ($17)Pedroncelli has a portfolio loaded with wines that are easy on the wallet for the quality they offer and delicious to drink. This Merlot is among that number. Violet end fleshy black fruit aromas fill the nose. Red and black... Read More

    From the article Put These Sonoma Wines on Your Radar


  • Grayson Cellars Merlot 2014

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    Great balance of fruit and oak. Not too dry, but not sweet at all92pts Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • Opera Prima Merlot 2008

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    Hi I live in ventura county ... californiaand i would love to find this wine... can some one help me. please... Read More

    Wine review by normayjose2016


  • OK, since several people made some kind comments, I'll add this to my ... ... ... well known.They have two Merlot bottlings:  Carneros and Napa Valley.  Both are blendds from, again, the estate vineyard and a Carneros vineyard.   Year in and year out, I find the Napa Valley bottling to be the better.  It shows much more of the tannic backbone-... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within ... 7% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Merlot. It’s an opaque ruby color with a beautiful perfume of blackberries, cassis, violets, licorice and subtle toasted oak spice aromas. On the palate it’s impeccably balanced but tight now, exhibiting power and grace with intense bla... Read More

    From the article Your Guide to Aged Wines


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    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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