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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  • Zuf, we seriously need to get Greg up here.  We could have some ... ... Seattle.  I opened the Merlot and Lemberger one night.  The Lemberger (aka Blaufrankisch) beat the heck out of the merlot!  Way fruitier and full bodied. &nbs Read More

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  • Chateau Rahoul 2016

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    The Rahoul Rouge is another triumph for the price; the wine expresses well in a dark cherry robe, and the scent is marvelous - like a cherry flan served on a bed of cedar or perhaps oak. Entry is smooth, harmonious and ready to roll with cranberry, blackberry and vanilla notes. This is a very fine find for the price... 89+ Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Latour Martillac 2016

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    This wine shows deep, black cherry in the glass with excellent viscosity on the rim; bouquet is a fine admixture of blackberry (mure), cedar and bright, sweet cherry. Entry is densely packed with grainy red and black fruit such as blackberry but topped with herbs such as dill. The finish suggests vanilla-oak, but soft and already quite integra... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Solaris Merlot Napa Valley Special Release 2001

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    Slightly oxidized. Years of unfortunate storage. On the other hand, there is still some lively red fruit in this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Chateau Robin Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a shop in London's Belgravia ... ... concern and consists of 60% merlot,30% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon and the wine was aged in oak barrels for 12 months.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and blueberry style fruit but the t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Tried another little "sleeper of the vintage" (in the words of the ... are a few), and being 100% Merlot, I think, it is quite soft, supple and luscious.  I would estimate the cost in the US to be about 20 dollars.  This really is a steal.Why did I select such a modest entry yesterday?  Well, an old friend from university days dropped by to sa... Read More

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  • Chateau Tour Bel-Air Tradition 2016

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    This little known property in Fronsac flies under the radar, but has produced a yummy 100% Merlot wine for 2016: The bright cherry red robe and sweet, kirsch-like nose - slightly perfumed with subtle flowers like violets - is inviting, and the entry is filled with cherry and black currant (cassis) and finished by a creamy, medium but very satisf... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Private Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2017

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    Fairly clear and coloration is of dark cherry juice, with legs slowly forming around the inside of the wine glass. Beefy spices, alongside deep currant, cherry and Earthy blackberry aromas, which lead into the flavor profile. This follows suit to the aromas, with licorice showing itself on the palate, to go with spiced berries, and Earthy oake... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Canoe Ridge Merlot 2003

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    Part of a stash from an estate sale. Storage was somewhat sketchy, but not bad. For $5 a pretty good score. Good ruby color. A little "funk" on the nose. Red cherry on the tip of the tongue, No tannin or acid to speak of. Bit of "funk," again, on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Chateau Croix Mouton Bordeaux Supérieur 2016

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    The 2016 Croix-Mouton looks wonderfully Bordeaux in the glass - nearly opaque garnet. The nose is more muted than some of its peers...with a soft cranberry and cassis. Smooth entry, hitting above the usual Bordeaux Superieur, with a soft warm, finish that exudes coffee and cherry. Nicely done! 89-90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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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

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  • 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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