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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  • Jon Skinner would be at Painted Rock.  David Enns, who started Laughing ... (even the Pinot feels like a merlot).  I've not been to Desert Hills or Gehringer.  Black Hills makes some great wine (Nota Bene), but I don't like their tasting fee...try and procure a Carmenere from Black Hills.  If you do get north to Naramata Bench (just north of P... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Face to Face Club - a...


  • If you haven't had wines from Romania, you’re missing out. Big time!I ... ... from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, and Syrah are the most common. For the whites, Muscat Ottonel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Aligoté, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Riesling Italico - (or Italian Riesling - called Welschriesling in Germany), and Viogn... Read More

    From the article A Trip through the Wines of Romania


  • Yes indeed Emark!"Reactions (not that I'd ever ask for any actual TNs ... but not in the way Bordeaux Merlot/Cab does. Hard to explain but it reminded me of old furniture. I was interested in that because I wanted to see how it would be at the 20 year mark. I mean, people don't generally have a lot of 1999 vintage Slovenian wine. So there we w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • Raw Red 2018

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    Deep purple color that leads to dark fruit smell with a hint of spices. On the palate you can taste dark fruit, chocolote and spices Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Exitalia


  • Chateau Livran Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop in London's Belgravia ... ... consists of a blend of 55% merlot and 45% cabernet sauvignon. I started my bottle last night with my supper of baked chicken breast.There is plenty of a fresh blackcurrant,plum and blackberry style fruit with soft and smooth tannins. It is full bodied and fairly wel... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Osoyoos Larose le Grand Vin 2015

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    Aside from The Reference by Blackwood Lane (2006, 2007 vintages, in particular), this is the purest, most approachable red Bordelais-style wine from British Columbia ever crafted. Dark cherry red in colour, with a bouquet of cherry, ripe plums and a hint of vanilla extract (light oak treatment), and an entry of soft tannic underlay, sweet, pure ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blackwood Lane Alliance 2006

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    OK, so let's talk about this second wine by Charles Herrod: after nearly 13 years in the bottle, it looks dark and Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) with bricking at the glass rim... bouquet is slow to open (although decanted), with black currant dominating with a hint of vanilla; entry is smooth, only slightly warm (14% alcohol), with dissipated tannin ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I sent a message to you DV.  The Painted Rock I drank about 10 days back was a 2009 Merlot and it was very good - though mature and very silky now (no need to keep longer).  There were also Painted Rock Syrah about the same age 2009 or 2010.  I don't remember if they had any Red Icon from older vintages - I think not, actually; I am looking for ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • Chateau l'Arrosee Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2006

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from the website ... wine consists of 60% merlot,20% cabernet franc and 20% cabernet sauvignon and spent a year in new oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of lamb stew.It is a very old fashioned and heavy bottle There is plenty of a blackcurrant,blackberry and plum style fruit with sugg... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Blackwood Lane the Reference 2006

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    Among the first vintages of this garagiste-style wine from Langley, BC (grapes ... palate and introduces clean, Merlot-Cabernet delight on the finish. Chocolate notes abound, with elegant integration of the oak treatment. A triumph. 9 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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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


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