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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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  • Italians love Champagne. They enjoy an age-old custom of beginning a meal with ... ... Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Merlot, Nebbiolo and others, are designated as DOC Terre di Franciacorta or Curtefranca. Franciacorta’s soil is glacial moraine with limestone and a chalky subsoil, ideal for Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Noir. Lake Iseo provide... Read More

    From the article Franciacorta is the Next Champagne


  • As the former National Wine Director for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant ... ... ... along with your typical Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, the state’s most dynamic and delicious wines are often made from lesser-known varieties. Tempranillo, Rhône varieties, Tannat, Touriga Nacional, Vermentino, Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier are all ... Read More

    From the article The Texas Wine Scene is Booming


  • Emmolo Napa Valley Merlot 2012

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    Another one from lunch at Marcello's. The Winemaker's notes on Wine.com seem spot on to me. 'This well-balanced and darkly colored wine evokes the scents of saddle leather, coffee and plum, with traces of smokiness amidst its rich fruit. A smooth entry on the palate leads into ripe flavors of plums, prunes and cocoa, balanced by acidity and a gr... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Wine is not the first pairing that comes to mind when you’re talking ... ... Syrah, 7% Zinfandel and 4% Merlot$12, 13.8% abv. The wine opens up quickly with rich aromas of plum and strawberry, the latter being a little surprising for the grape blend. On the palate it shows mild tannins, big fruit, and a gentle finish. It’s even better the next... Read More

    From the article Brazilian Cuisine is Begging for Wine


  • Duncan - That's great to hear.  I do hope to enjoy it.  Today I ... several wines here - a 2012 Merlot, a 2012 Right Bank Blend, a 2013 Chardonnay, a 2013 Pinot Noir, and a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Something to satisfy just about all wine drinkers I should sa Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • I AM BACK!! And what an incredible experience it was... I must thank all of you ... to a pub. I asked to try the Merlot and the Cab Sauv and the bartender was not happy. I think he poured the same wine twice (I'm pretty sure I saw it). So he must have noticed something was wrong when I took a tiny sip of each (both badly kept, to say the least)... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Going to Napa and Sonoma -...


  • Well, I finished the basement bathroom with another four hours of work this ... by finishing that bottle of Merlot from Medlock Ames. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Boomtown By Dusted Valley Merlot 2012

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    Wine review by mcrawford2


  • Boomtown Merlot 2012

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  • Franzia Merlot 5000 NV

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    I recently purchasted two boxes of frazia merlot., every glass contained a disgusting sludge at the bottom. I will never buy your product again. Read More

    Wine review by jimzum


  • 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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