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 Vrai Canon Bouche Fronsac 2014

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    A touch spicy on the nose with notes of black pepper, black currant and lively heat. This is richly fruited and smoky on the palate with heady notes of dark blackberry and black currant, sticky resinous tannins throughout, good mineral notes of earth and dark plum with the tartness of young fruit, a touch of dark chocolate and a creamy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Grand Moulin Macquin Montagne Saint Emilion 2014

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    Pleasant ripe and expressive cherry notes on the nose, fresh cranberry and a floral note coming through. Smooth, elegant on the palate with a bit of austere spice and a pleasant, oak note, plenty of earth and a crisp earthiness, good acidity and ripe cherry and raspberry fruit. Excellent balance and approachability. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • According to a YouGov poll, forty-one percent of Americans enjoy wine with ... ... ... of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere is one of the most versatile grapes you can pour. For me, Thanksgiving does not involve turkey and Cabernet Franc truly shines with vegetarian dishes. Fall flavors such as rosemary, sage and thyme all pair well wi... Read More

    From the article The One and Only Wine You Need This Thanksgiving


  • Mimi's House Wine Table Red

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    No written review

    Wine review by thaicat6


  • Elian du Ros le Vin Est Un Fete Cotes du Marmandais 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Primrose Hill ... cabernet franc and 20% merlot.and was aged in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.My first impresion was that this is a dry wine but there is some slightly sweet and spicy cherry style fruit. It is full bodied and well structured. In short... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    Nose of dark fruit. Flsavors of unsweet currant and blueberry on the tongue. Then unsweetened chocolate. Licorice. Still some serious tannins may exaggerate those impressions. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Efeste Upright 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • EM - I thought you already turned the corner on Pinot Noir, just needing to try ... ... to "Sideways" Merlot was the popular red wine in the U.S.  Marginal producers knew this and knew that, even if they put out a mediocre-to-bad product, they would sell enough to make money.  "Sideways" changed the public impression of Merlot, and, suddenly, ... Read More

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  • Frank Phelan Saint-Estephe 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 10 euros at the end of my last trip to France. ... cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot and was aged in oak barrels for 18 months.i started my bottle last night with my supper of chicken.There is some intense blackberry and bramble style fruit with a suggestion of coffee or cigar smoke and some well structured tann... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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  • Helped out a family whose father passed away recently here in town.  ... ... ... is Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.  Will check out soon I thin Read More

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  • How do I find the sugar content of selected wines?

    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


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