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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  • I don't think many associate the descriptor "bold" with Merlots, but I have been enjoying this one lately Light red fruit, which, to me, sounds like Merlot, but with sufficient tannin to give it nice backbone.  This is the fifth or sixth bottle of this that I've been the last couple months at Costco for $15. Read More

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  • Anyone knows a bold Merlot under $20 ? I bought one years ago but I forgot the brand Read More

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  • Chateau du Bos Graves 2016

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Sussex [www.southdowncellars.co.uk] ... cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot.It is a full bodied and well structured but dry wine with plenty of a blackberry and blueberry style fruit with a hint of coffee or smoke and soft tannins. In short this is a lovely clar Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley Merlot 2016

    Snoothrank:

    Pretty garnet color. Very light nose. Gentle introduction of red cherry on the tip of the tongue, Some nice acid tartness. Otherwise a very soft wine. It does have good tannin though. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Chateau Segonzac Vieilles Vignes Cru Bourgeiois Premier Cotes Blaye France 1998

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a wine merchant in Sussex.Three ... ... this cuvee consists of 60% merlot,20% cabernet sauvignon,10% malbec,5% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot and spent 12 months in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is some blackcurrant and plum style fruit there with a ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Sacred Hill Helmsman 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Excellent, inviting garnet colour. Scent redolent of cedar bark and cassis or ... - assuming a Meritage blend (Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon). A very fine wine. 4 cups or, if you prefer, 91. Retails for about 50-60 dollars U Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • By 'article' are we talking about this blurb? Then there's ... to ... to do more than Cab & Merlot?  ; Read More

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  • So on a whim we decided to visit British Columbia. But we flew up to ... ... bought some.Some Checkmate Merlot: From Nk'Mip \ &nbs Read More

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  • Ah, report of a GregT sighting! Will be interesting to hear details on ... was found other than cab and merlot.. Read More

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  • Chateau Soudars Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois 1995

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... estate and consists of 55% merlot,44% cabernet sauvignon and 1% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels for 12 months.I started thje bottle last night with my supper of baked chicken breast.I had some difficulty extracting the cork part of which ended up inside the bottle but the wine itself ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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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


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