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 Vincent Cru Bourgeois Margaux Cl 2007

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk for ... of cabernet sauvignon and merlot.I started the first bottle last night with my supper of baked chicken breast. My initial impresion was how fresh and smooth it was.There is plenty of a blackcurant,blackberry and blueberry style fruit with a hint of iodine or viole... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Patz and Hall Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2015

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    Had at Eddie Merlot. E was overwhelmed Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Private Reserve Lalande de Pomerol Christian Moueix 2003

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... but I beleive it to be a merlot dominated blend.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb. It was a nice red/purple colour and there was plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and cherry style fruit with soft tannins although there was not a great deal in the way of structure.In short,... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Viticcio Massaia Rose Tuscany 2016

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    Something herbal here on the nose with ripe cherry and strawberry fruit. Flavors continue through to the palate where it's joined by light watermelon and a tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Merlot Santa Helena Chile 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by jmlyons03


  • Bogle Vineyards Merlot Clarksburg 2015

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    Nicely done Merlot. Fruit with just the right touch of tannin.93 points Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • Weingut Heinrich Gabarinza Burgenland 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Having a bottle of carnasciale 2008 it is an IGT from Tuscany, believe it is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet, and probably Sangiovese. RCKR noticed you bought a couple of 15 Bourdeauxs and Zinfandels, I have tried several Zins,most on recommendations I have gotten from snoothers still do not find them a wine I would buy again,know I am in a minority... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi Ocra Bolgheri 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Château Rollan de By Cru Bourgeois Médoc Bordeaux 2011

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    I bought two bottles of this wine for £12 from the website ... My bottles consist of 70% merlot and 10% each of the two cabernets and petit verdot.I started the first bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken.There is plenty of a blueberry,blackcurrant and plum style fruit with a hint of vanilla and some soft but structured tannins.This... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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    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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