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 Bellegrave Cru Bourgeois Pauillac 2002

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... 62% cabernet sauvignon,31% merlot and 7% cabernet franc and spent a year in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of baked chicken breast There is some blackcurrant,blackberry and bramble style fruit but the main impresion is of suggestions of coffee or smoke.The tannins ar... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Avignonesi Desiderio Cortona 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Sterling Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2014

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    Wonderful elegant full-bodied wine even at the regular price - everything speaks of quality. At least a half star added for the deal they have on Costco right now after a $6 instant discount (off the Costco price, mind you) - $8.99! At Sterling's site, this is $28. At this price, it is cheaper than Costco's own case-discounted 2016 Vintner's C... Read More

    Wine review by SonzTwin1


  • Chateau de la Dauphine Fronsac 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/119446. Fronsac is an appellation created in 1936 for red and rose wines from 7 communes around the village of that name west of the town of Libourne and north of the Dorgogne river.[Canon-Fronsac is a sub-appellation created in 1964 for two of those commune... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Al, I find most red wines, regardless of the maker, from Spring Mountain ... ... ... each year.Keenan has two Merlot bottlings--Carneros and Napa Valley.The Carneros bottling is closer to your expectation for Merlot--a softer wine with "sweeter" fruits.The Napa Valley bottling has a large (undisclosed) percentage of grapes grown in Keenan's es... Read More

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  • The history of Keenan Winery started over 40 years ago. It is located high ... ... Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Zinfandel. Robert Parker Jr has on numerous occasions rated the wines between 90 and 97 points. The Robert Keenan Winery is committed to quality, and it shows through every bottle of their wine, right down to the Portugues... Read More

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  • Torres Santa Digna Merlot Reserve 2014

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    Came upon this wine in the sales area of local liquor store. Purchased two ... ... ... it simply as the perfect merlot. Went back and bought all the bottles they had. Took a few bottles to dinner parties during the summer and folks thought that a wine of this quality must be expensive. Kept my secre Read More

    Wine review by Alannazee


  • Badet Clement Revelation Cabernet Merlot Vdp d'Oc 2008

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    Delightful but not as complex as the label wants to convey or I am spoiled by a full bodied California Dry Creek Zin. Read More

    Wine review by skalywag


  • Livio Felluga Sossò Colli Orientali del Friuli 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Red Melosa Mendoza 2011

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    Creamy vanilla aromas of cherry, raspberry and blackberry preserves. Zesty acidity and bright fruit flavors of blueberry and cherry are very expressive and generous on the palate with fresh baking spice coming through on the mid palate and a dark cocoa finish. Refreshing and flavorful. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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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


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