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 les Trois Croix Fronsac 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex. Fronsac ... ... bottle consists of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc,a typical blend for a right bank claret, and is aged for a year in oak barrels. I started it last night with my supper of roast turkey breast. It is full of a blackcurrant,blackberry and plum style fruit wi... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Bouscasse Menhir 2009

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    Strong suggestions of unsweetened fruitblackberry, currant. Some leather or tobacco on the rear palate which makes the wine seem harsh. Some sourness. Something of a minty aftertaste. Seems to be high alcohol. I dont think I paid much for this wine, and it doesnt suck (oenophile technical word), but I doubt that I will seek out more or reco... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • From Gascony. 50% Tannat/50% Merlot Fairly pedestrian, in my view.  The good thing about Old World wines is that they don't smack you with sweet fruit.  This one has unsweetened dark berriies on the tip of the tongue but then there is leather or tobacco or something on the rear palate that just seems harsh.  Then there is some sourness and unbal... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2012

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    Blackberries, chocolate, spice, anise on the nose follow well to the palate. Mellowed tannins and acidity lead to a well heeled aftertaste. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Maverick Estate Winery Rubeus 2014

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    This relatively new winery from Oliver BC has produced a fine, if ... blend of Syrah and Merlot (with a smattering of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon); colour is opaque, dark cherry with a scent of crushed cherry and cedar frond. The palate introduces some Syrah pedigree with deep red fruit, tannic pucker (leather), a hint of smoke, cream and a l... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • the more robust the better, up to $150ishAmerican? Get a 1/2 bottle of some ... from JD above. Or for Cab/Merlot try Quilceda Creek from Columbia Valley. All of those should be over 15.5 abv easy.European? Get some Amarone della Valpolicella. Quintarelli will set you back about $800 and Dal Forno about half that, so instead go for I Campi Camp... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Full bodied


  • Looking for a really full bodied red wine - the more robust the better, up to $150ish. Thanks!   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Full bodied


  • Margaret river Red Blends - cab/Merlot  unless otherwise stated [avoid 06 lot of stuck ferments]Cullen Diana MadelaineVoyager Estate [a cheaper version - Girt by Sea is ok]Moss Wood  - Straight CabVasse Felix - Straight Cab - the top one is Heystebury which is excellentPierro - bit inconsistentLeeuwin Estate - Straight Cab can be a bit dissappoi... Read More

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  • 100 Mile Merlot 2015

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    Seemingly mild on the attack. The spice kicks in after. Blackberry with a moderate finish. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • AS per Dmker's suggestionI have started a discsussion on this topicHunter Valley is the most famous place for SemillonThey are very long lived and interesting made with nil or almost nil Oak treatmentSadly depsite most people who trythem saying how good they are very few buy themRestauranteurs regard them as great food wines but struggle to sell... 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


  • Does anyone know anything about Dealu Mare Romania Merlot 2002

    Comment by 508578MEJD 508578 MEJD


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