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 Lamartine Cotes de Castillon 2004


    I bought this bottle of wine for £7 from the website ... concern and consists of 80% merlot,10% cabernet sauvignon,5% cabernet franc and 5% malbec and was aged in cement vats.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb. There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and cherry style fruit with a hint of smoke or cigar box and soft but ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau Amour 2010


    16.5 Jancis Robinson - 89/100 Wine Enthusiast- Golden medal Gilbert & Gaillard - Golden medal Sakura Japan Awards - "Commended" Decanter - Silver medal Bordeaux Competition.... Read More

    Wine review by dwl France

  • I spend a lot of time dissuading my toddler from eating Play-Doh. However, I ... ... (8%), Grenache (4%) and Merlot (4%), aged for nineteen months in American oak barrels. This is a thoughtful wine from a great winery.Longoria Tempranillo Santa Ynez Valley 20 Read More

    From the article The Return of Fall Cooking, Weeknight Style

  • I spent my first afternoon in Pfalz strolling through the quaint village of ... – a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend, and concluding with beautifully balanced Gewürztraminer Auslese. Each wine paired beautifully with pesto salad, truffle ravioli, and a light hazelnut parfait. After a modern meal with modern wines, my final Pfalz journey took me... Read More

    From the article The Must-Visit Wine Region Full of Surprises

  • Chateau Belvue Bordeaux France 'Cuvee L' Emotion' 2015


    while I am torn as to when one should use stainless steel vating V/S the Oak, ... Oak, ... overwhelmed the merlot/cab franc Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Brancaia Tre Rosso Tuscany 2014


    Cherry, strawberry and red currant aromas with chalky earth notes. Fresh and fruity, with full acidity and plummy, strawberry notes and a warm finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Thomas Goss Mxlaren Vale Australia Merlot 2015


    While I remain un attracted to Merlot this rendition was not bad, but I would not buy an additional bottle Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • I stop by from time to time and do some reading but if the spam traffic is high ... do not stock Lindeman Cab-Merlot blend only stocking either straight Cab or Merlot...bummer.  I talked to the wine manager who was puzzled how the Kroger suits were making their decisions- apparently, according to the manager, there is a white wine that is a fan... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • I have just finished a lovely bottle of claret a Chateau Bois-Martin ... ... cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot.There is plenty of a fresh blackcurrant,bramble and blueberry style fruit with a hint of licorice and soft but structured tannins.I only paid £10 although it got a silver medal at the 2008 Concours Mondial Bruxelles wine competiti Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Chateau Bois-Martin Pessac-Leognan 2005


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.There is plenty of fresh blackcurrant,bramble and blueberry style fruit with a hint of licorice and some soft but beautifully structured tannins. In short,this is a first class claret. I am not... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • 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".

    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

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