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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  • The Dreaming Tree Crush 2013

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    Aromas of various berry (blueberry, cherry, hint 'o raspberry), Earthy oak spice,and vanilla smoothness. Flavors follow suit.....ripe plum jam sweetness, boysenberry, cherry, blueberry, and a hint 'o raspberry tartness...alcohol is smooth and refined and vanilla roundness. This makes a very nice evening wine and is highly drinkable! Dave Mathe... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Skyfall Columbia Valley Red Blend 2014

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    Decent enough for the price point with red berry fruits - cherry mainly - and a touch of blueberry. Earthy notes add to relatively mild tannins and good acidity. 87 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Gazin Pomerol 2006

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    One can be cynical in many things, but not about Pomerol;this fine property ... entry shows the pedigree of Merlot with the panoply of red fruit and soft finish. A very fine wine 9 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I don't know about that Fox but you're right, I was interested in the ... ... to be Kadarka, much like Merlot is the base for much Bordeaux, but after phylloxera, a few world wars, and communism, all that changed.Here’s something from a symposium in Eger about twenty years ago:"The most significant variety is the Kadarka grape, which provides ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Aoyo Mermaid Syrah Merlot 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Sheraz123


  • Aoyo Mermaid Syrah Merlot 2014

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    Two grapes blending, get a well balance, midium wine body and fruit flavor, soft taste Read More

    Wine review by Sheraz123


  • Chteau Puygueraud Francs Cote Bordeaux 2009

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    Not a subtle wine at all. 24+ months of oak aging result in a wonderful blackberry and sweet black currant on a wave choolate, sweet dark cherries tannins and balanced acidity. This is oipulent and generous. Well done - 92 points - drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • I am the owner and winemaker at Chateau Niagara winery in Newfane, NY. We are a small lot winery of artisan French and Eastern European wines.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Opened this last night. Will finish this evening. 45% Tannat, 20% Cab Sauv, 20% Merlot and 15% Cab Franc. 100% enjoyable. Only $19 Dmucker so shut up already ;-)  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau les Abeilles Saint Georges Saint Emilion 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on special ... estate.It consists of 80% merlot,10% cabernet franc,9% cabernet sauvignon and 1% malbec and was aged in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackberry and bramble style fruit there and ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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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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