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 Barnett Pinot Noir was the best wine of the night, as agreed to by all.  The Barnett Merlot was very good too, almost like a Bordeaux blend.  However, that Pinot Noir was very, very tasty.  I like the Beringer Knight's Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  I know its a rather cheap cab but for the money it is good enough for me.  I think it was only a... Read More

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  • Sterling Merlot Winery Lake Vineyard 2008


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    Wine review by gianna30

  • Freemark Abby Merlot 2004


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    Wine review by rdyer

  • JD - I don't know that I'd say yuck to all of them. Tasted the Long ... and Michel Rolland with the Merlot. They aren't bad wines and they're better than some more expensive ones from CA.And Oriel was completely different - he went to Priorat and asked Sarah Perez to make wine in Priorat where she lives and works. It was a good model.But the C... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Locations F1 vs F2 vs F3

  • I had several of the Long Shadows wines.  The Pirouette was a blend and ... still have the 2008 Pedestal Merlot (Michel Rolland) and am anticipating it being the best of the lot.  I've heard the Chester Kidder is very good too.I've had a few really decent Cameron Hughes blends that were reasonably priced ($24 CDN).  Haven't bought any for quit... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Locations F1 vs F2 vs F3

  • Chateau Haut-Marbuzet St. Estephe 2001


    I bought this bottle of wine as part of a lot from the website ... 50% cabernet sauvignon,40% merlot and 10% cabernet franc. and spends 18 months in new oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant and plum style fruit there and the tannins are soft but hold thin... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • The wine can't be sold with a vintage date because of EU rules. I'm not ... ... It would be like getting Merlot from Walla Walla, Zin from Paso Robles, and Syrah from Napa and calling it "American". Doesn't mean the wine is bad though, and companies like Gallo have done it for years..First vintage for the F series was 2011 which is lucky becaus... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Locations F1 vs F2 vs F3

  • Can anyone help me figure out the difference between the Dave Phinney (Orin Swift) Locations F1, F2 and F3 wines. I tried one that was listed as a 2011 vintage. I did not see the bottle and don't know which to look for. Do the 1, 2 and 3 correspond to vintage? Any clarification is appreciated.  Read More

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  • Our list is comprised of 80% Italy and 20% California/Washington.However we ... (I like Cab/Cab Franc and Merlot in Bordeaux.) Obviously.. & not a huge fan of Paulliac.  &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Looking forward to it.I forgot a few domestics  - Drew makes a pretty good ... ... not another PN, Cab or Merlot and that alone makes me want to try the Read More

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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

  • 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

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