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 Ripeau Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £16 from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk. ... ... bottle consists of 70%merlot and 30% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and blueberry style fruit with soft tannins and just a hint of coffee or smoke a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Yep, I think you got it.  If the wine has good Premier Cru perfume (and ... fruit-heavy (read: if I want Merlot, I'll buy Merlot, thank-you very much).And the grape just does not lend itself to easy vinifying for a whole host of reasons you can research at leisure, if you want to know more or refresh your memory.Back to the topic of style, for... Read More

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  • No Jack, not damaged taste buds. There's a lot of bad PN around. It's like Merlot a few years ago. It became popular, a lot was planted, and in a few years there will probably be less. There really are many different versions all over so you just need to find out what you like.I rag on it a little because people in the US who haven't grown up dr... Read More

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  • No, the acidity is not added or encouraged - although I will pose this question ... possible exception of some Merlot strains.  I speak here only of red varieties, and I have been retreating of late from my experimentation with other, lesser known grapes - maybe from a certain, temporary sense of fatigue.Finally, I like Pinot Noir for its mediu... Read More

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  • Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills Columbia Valley Washington 2017

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    Had at Eddie Merlot in Jan 2020 Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Chateau Plagnac Cru Bourgeois Medoc 1994

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    I bought two bottles of this wine for £20 from the website ... cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot. I started the first bottle last night with my roast chicken supper. There is some blackcurrant,blueberry and plum style fruit with a suggestion of smoke or coffee with soft tannins but because of the age of the wine the structure had started to fad... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Petra Hebo Suvereto 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • El Soleado Chic Martina Merlot Ribera del Jucar 2017

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Civrac Grand Vin Cotes de Bourg 2009

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12.50 from a wine merchant ijn Sussex.Cotes ... Civrac and consists of 40% merlot,35% malbec and 25% cabernet sauvignon. I started it last night with my supper of roast lamb. This is just bursting with blackcurrant,plum and blueberry style fruit with a suggestion of coffee or smoke particularly on the finish a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • La Croix D' Argent Bordeaux France Merlot Blend 2018

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    for a young plain Bordeaux this one exemplifies the blend and region. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


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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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