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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  • Krimvintorg Merlot Table Wine Dry Red Crimea Wine 2017

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    4,5$ wine produced in Yevpatoria, Crimea. The bottleneck is wide, promising a ... water. 10-12% alcohol for merlot keeps good balance. Could be a good source for sangria but not as table win Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Working outside to prepare for the weekend's activities with members ... over by a die hard merlot fan, and wasn't to bad - sorta grew on you after a couple of drinks. Not my cup of tea as for as merlot goes but, hell it was free.This was good.  Briary blackberry notes with dirt, mocha, spice and flowing acidity all framed by medium chewy tanni... Read More

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  • Mark, what was the Hollywood Bowl 'boorishness'? And how were the ... ... ... SB and chard and PN and merlot from a couple of labels. Plenty of wine and we all ended up well soused and happy with everyone agreeing the PN was best. With that NZ SB all I could think of was 'cat-piss-on-a-gooseberry-bush', over and over again. I imagine the Apsa... Read More

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  • Chateau Haut Rian Bordeaux Rose 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... 60% cabernet sauvignon,25% merlot and 15% cabernet franc. I started the bottle last night with my supper of fish cakes and salad.It is a dry,but not bone-dry wine with plenty of a strawberry,cranberry and redcurrant style fruit.It was refreshing and went well with the mea Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • As the world’s winemakers look to single vineyard wines to mark them out ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Tempranillo.    From Jerez we drove east across the mountains to Ronda, the incredible white walled town that straddles its famous deep rock gorge; the wines from the region surprised me bigtime. After a barrel tasting in Los Agui... Read More

    From the article Spanish Wines Get Specific


  • Château le Boscq Cru Bourgeois Saint-Estèphe 1990

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... house.It consists of 56% merlot,35% cabernet sauvignon,7% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and cherry style fruit with a hint of vanilla. The tannins were ver... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • There are lots of wine brands out there, but only some can be called iconic. ... ... Villa Maria’s Merlot-based rosé is part of their Private Bin collection. Private Bin wines represent Villa Maria’s commitment to approachable, consistent quality wines at fantastic values. Wine writer Jim van Bergen notes “fresh-cut wildflowers and berry comp... Read More

    From the article What it means to be a wine icon.


  • Stephan - That Barolo would have been my pick from your collection of tastings, ... ... drinking (2012 Duckhorn Merlot in this case) but it usually strays to politics and the crazy things that this administration is trying to do to the American people.  Wine makes that easier to swallow I suppose.. Read More

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  • Villa Maria Marlborough Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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    For a wine lover, there is nothing like lining up a group of wines from one ... ... Selection Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Garnet in color with intense aromas of blackberry, ripe black plum, and cedar. Full bodied across the palate with powerful, yet elegant tannins. Bold flavors of lush blackberries, juicy plum, olive, and fresh spi... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Butler Pond California Merlot 2015

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    True to merlot varital with pepper spice at the finish. Good staying power in the fridge. Wish it had more personality prior to the finish but that's the merlot. It was true to the varietal. If I was measuring that alone, I'd give it 5 stars. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


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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

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  • 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

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