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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  • Seven Hills Columbia Valley Merlot 2011

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    Nothing shy about this - it grabs you right from the start with it's rich lush fruit - blackberry, plum, damp forest floor, tomato leaf. medium tannins and good acidity, this rings out enjoyment - still another year of prime drinking - 92 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Al - Looking good.  Plenty of running around to do - a quiet break is well ... I had a bottle of their 2011 Merlot.  Powerfully built, but smooth and rich this really touches all the bases for me.  Medium tannins, blackberries, earth, herbal tones and good acidity - almost sad I drank the last bottle - NO Read More

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot 2013

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    Well and drinking above price point - again. Rich dark berry fruit, medium chewy tannins and well balanced acidity lead to medium long finish. 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot 2013

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    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Round 2 - 4 x AussiesExcellent Group of winesThe Cullen is from Margaret River ... River ... Cullen is a CS 87 Merlot 11 Malbec 1 CF 1 BlendObviously too young to be at itsbest but the fruit and tannin structure delivers an outstanding young wine which will age for at least 20 years about AUD100 retailMount Mary Quintet is from Yarra Valley i... Read More

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  • Round 1 = 3 x NZ and 1 x South AfricanThe Man o War is from Waiheke Island near ... is a Bordeaux Blend and is Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominantI very nice easy to drink red wine surprisingly fresh for its 6 years probably should be drank by 2020 but certainly a nice startThe Te Mata Estate is from Hawkes Bay 54 CS 36 Mer 10 CFLots of nice Bla... Read More

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  • OK, as a Social Security pensioner, I'm as interested in <$20 wines as ... ... Do you see Kirkland Napa Merlot for < $20?  Kirkland Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel for < $20?  Kirkland Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon for less than < $20?  Guess what.  They are all pretty darned good wines. Are they better than the Kirkland Chianti or CdP?  Who cares?... Read More

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  • Costes de Beyrac Buzet 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... bottle consists of 50% merlot,27%cabernet sauvignon and 23% cabernet franc.I started the bottle last night with my roast pork supper.At first,I thought it a little dry and austere but after a couple of hours it seemed to open up to reveal plenty of a blackcurrant,blackberry and... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Hope you have some good WA wines when you're down there, Darren. Sorry to ... guess. It's a right bank merlot/cab franc blend that's trying to become upwardly mobile.2) No way would it match good ('real') caviar, IMHO, which is something I greatly enjoy with champers, chilled vodka and in a few other combos but those are the main two. Perhaps ... Read More

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  • RCKR the Lillian ladouy is he 2014,it was $17 at Costco. I had bought it a ... ... and they were blending the Merlot at that time and they brought me a sample of the blend,immediately ordered a case ,it was a aha moment for me loved it,they took my money but wouldn't ship for 6-7 months they were afraid I would drink it to young,they were prob... 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

    Comment by 508578MEJD 508578 MEJD


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