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 »

Mentor for Merlot Wines

Wisequeen Donna Jackson

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

View Profile » View Top Lists »

View More

Popular Merlot wines

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

Page 1 of 1,000

Merlot on Snooth

  • Vintage Ink Limited Edition Whisky Barrel Aged Red 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Pours a muddled dark cherry color, with plum and Earthy soiled undertones. Aromas of booze right up front that soften with some oxidation, and along comes soft vanilla, dark cherry, liquor (whisky) and oak char. The flavors follow suit with plenty of smoky oak barrel, whisky, dark cherry and perhaps blueberry.....yup there's definitely blueber... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Chateau le Fourneau 1990

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/124497 for £15.Saint Estephe is a Bordeaux appellation that was created in 1936 [although viticulture in the area goes back centuries] for red wines only from the single commune around the village of that name in the north of the Medoc peninsular.I have been unable ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Pauillac 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Savory farm field and ripe black cherry aromas with blackberry preserves and olive tapenade on the nose. With its elegant and striking palate of bright cherry and cranberry fruit, nice warmth and bolstering acidity, this is approachable and firm in the mouth, with tart fruit layered in front of dark tannins and dark chocolate towards a smoky bro... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Saint Emilion 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Austere and concentrated black currant and fog aromas with savory pepper and cedar box spice on the nose. Attractive blackberry and black cherry fruit with sticky tannins and dark plum on the palate, a bit herbal with pronounced earth notes on the finish, a touch of black olive and dark chocolate with good length. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Medoc 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Mellow aromas of prune, earth and blackberry on the nose. Tart plum and black currant on the palate with loads of dusty, dry earth, light olive and dark chocolate with a finish of chewy tannins and earthy blackberry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Retailers report, and empirical evidence demonstrates, that Valentine's Day ... ... Frog Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Ribet Red 2015We are sitting in La Table de Franck Putelat, a restaurant in Carcassonne tasting his wines. "Why Arrogant Frog?" I ask Owner-Winermaker Jean-Claude Mas, who replies, conspiratorially: "Because I'm Arrogant, and I'm ... Read More

    From the article Eleventh Hour Valentine's Day Wines


  • Wow, some heavy hitters, there, Al.  I have not had either, but I would ... I would bet that the Barnett Merlot was a much bigger wine than the Duckhorn.  Just a WAG, though.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • We hosted another high-end wine dinner last night with our neighbors Rick & ... wines - the 2014 Duckhorn Merlot 'Three Palms Vineyard' and for comparison purposes, the 2014 Barnett Spring Mountain Merlot.  You guys might recall that this Duckhorn wine was Wine Spectator wine of the year in 2017.  Rick was surprised we were willing to open it, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Ciutat Vella Priorat 2012

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Robert Mondavi Merlot Napa Valley 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Blackberry aromas with rich spice and a leathery, oaky vanilla note. Juicy black cherry and blackberry flavors on the palate with a creamy texture on entry that evolves into strong tannins, dusty earth and creamy vanilla notes towards the tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • With that in mind that, this is how it usually takes place. 2 weeks in (if you may be lucky) arrives the 1st excuse. "I was really hectic with operate today, but I'll make over the missed routine later in the week". http://jackedmuscleextremeadvice.com/vyantix-rx/

    Comment by 2158733annyjon 2158733 annyjon


  • 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


1 2 3 4 5  ...  1000 next




Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Merlot Top Lists


Recent Forum PostsView all


Merlot wine ratings and reviews





Snooth Media Network