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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  • Le Bailly de Camensac Haut-Medoc 2006


    I boughjt two bottles of this wine for £18 on the ... ... estate and consists of 50% merlot and 50% cabernet sauvignon.It is made from the estate's younger vines and was aged in stainless steel vats rather than the oak barrels of the grande wine.The name of this cuvee was later changed to 'Le Closerie de Camensac' and mor... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau Sainte Colombe Cotes de Castilon 2007


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website. ... empire. It consists of 70% merlot and 30% cabernet franc.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum,blueberry and vanilla style fruit with just a hint of spice and soft tannins.The wine is ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Bock Villany Capella 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Le Contesse Marca Trevigiana Merlot 2015


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Chateau Charmail Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2004


    I bought this bottle of wine for £16 from the ... ... concern and consists of 48% merlot,30% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot and was aged in oak barrels for a year.I started my bottle this evening with my supper of pizza and salad and I did enjoy it.There was some blackcurrant,plum and bramble style fruit with soft tann... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Sin of Dracula Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon Red Semisweet Wine 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine for £7 from a local shop. I was drawn to it by ... castle on the label.It says merlot and cabernet sauvignon but I do not know in what proportions.I started it last night5 with a plate of bread and cheese.As the label says it is semi or slightly sweet although I do not know how the winemaker acheived this.It is cer... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau Moncets Lalande de Pomerol 1990


    I bought this bottle of wine for £13 from the ... ... property and consists of 66% merlot,32% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon. and spent 16 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There was plenty of a blackcurrant style fruit with some soft tannins that just about held t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Markham Cellar 1879 Blend 2016


    This wine opens with a lot of red fruit. I find that a bit surprising for a Napa Valley red, but what do I know? Marginally "sweet," and quite tannic. Rough around the edges--not a particulary elegant wine--but, for $17, an absolutely terrific burger wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Comte de Thun Mon Rouge Vin de Pays des Cotes du Tarn 2005


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Chateau Hostens Picant Sainte Foy Bordeaux 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

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  • 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

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