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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Passionate wine enthusiast/writer/consultant.Specialist on Italy, where She has made her home and kingdom for the past decade. Travels extensively in Europe and New world,Portugal,Douro, South Africa,and in particular Bordeaux style wines, loves Dolcetto

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  • DM, that was a fairly scary label and the chard wasn't all that great ... ... beyond white zin is white merlot.Tonight we did a simple grilled chicken salad with this Sancerre. Nice notes of grapefruit, lemon pith and a hint of tangerine. The fruit was well balanced against some mouth watering acidit Read More

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  • Can't say a lot other than the wines are a lot better now than they were ... were trying to do Cab and Merlot and those grapes, but I think their Syrah was way more interesting. Not always great, but unique in a way that the other grapes weren't. There's also Thelma and Rudi Shultz and Rust en Vrede.THere are a lot of producers who you see all... Read More

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  • OT - Why not try a few reds from a given region (Somona perhaps?) and look for ... ... a Syrah, a Zinfandel, a Merlot and a Cabernet Sauvigno Read More

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  • Hello All,I'm off for a first ever trip to South Africa, spending next Monday and Tuesday (2nd & 3rd) touring wineries from a base in Wellington (we are going to Mullineaux, but couldn't get into see Eben Sadie as no visitors are allowed during harvest, which is a shame, but understandable. We then move on to Cape Town for six days.cà phê linh c... Read More

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  • After much agony and discernment, I have chosen the official wine for my Super Bowl party this year. Over the 9 years I've hosted this event, it is probably the least exotic selection, not to mention least expensive.  Given the fact chili is the main dish (oh please, don't turn your nose. After all, we're American pigskin fans, not Bolsheviks), ... Read More

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  • Americans have a certain countess to thank for the recent inclusion of two ... ... ... Stones' Forty Licks Merlot, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon and The Police's Synchronicity. Before the introduction of the California wines, Bordeaux offerings dominated the Downton Abbey line.  At less than $20 a bottle, the Frenc... Read More

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  • Is there a good rule of thumb for how long to lay down a Pinot Noir from ... - ... - the reason people think Merlot is somehow not as good as Cab is because there's so much planted in the wrong places all over CA. It's fussier than Cab, so most of it doesn't impress.Then there are people who are setting out to make a certain type of wine. Bria... Read More

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  • I like Bella, but not every one of their wines.  They have a real cave, ... (surprising) a really good Merlot. I could go on--Nalle, Papapietro Perry, Amphora, to name but a few--but that should keep you busy. BTW, Manny, good to see you.  Home on a snow da Read More

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  • I have been lurking for the past few months but have decided to be a ... Sav & Merlot and some daily drinkers from Chile and Argentina. I have visited Napa, Sonoma and Paso a few times in the past 5 years but look forward to continue to expand my knowledge and experience here! Thank you all for sharing your insight and knowledge. Cheers!   Read More

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  • Last night we had our neighborhood friends (Debbie & Rick) over for a nice ... ... up was the 2009 Duckhorn Merlot (Three Palms Vineyard).  This was Ricks choice from our wine cellar because he also is a wine club member of Duckhorn (and St. Francis for that matter) and he has not yet tried this Merlot in his collection of fine wines.  We tota... Read More

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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

    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


  • is it on Snooth the Merlot Gibilmoro?

    Comment by 461833Licia Cardillo 461833 Licia Cardillo


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