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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  • 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


    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

  • Provenance Napa Valley Merlot 2016


    Nice mouth-filling wine. A lot of red fruit on the tip of the tongue, but not syrupy. Some sturdy tannin. For the price ($15) a pretty good everyday drinker--and, I have to say a very excellent cooking wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Chateau Canteloup Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 1995


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... producer and consists of 60% merlot and 20% each of the two cabernets.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is plenty of a blackcurrant and plum style fruit and the tannins are soft although there is not a lot in terms of structure. To be fair this wine was probably ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Vignare Strozzi Bolgheri Superiore 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Jon Skinner would be at Painted Rock.  David Enns, who started Laughing ... (even the Pinot feels like a merlot).  I've not been to Desert Hills or Gehringer.  Black Hills makes some great wine (Nota Bene), but I don't like their tasting fee...try and procure a Carmenere from Black Hills.  If you do get north to Naramata Bench (just north of P... Read More

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  • Grapillon d'Or 1806 Merlot Caladoc Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Igp 2016


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • If you haven't had wines from Romania, you’re missing out. Big time!I ... ... from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, and Syrah are the most common. For the whites, Muscat Ottonel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Aligoté, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Riesling Italico - (or Italian Riesling - called Welschriesling in Germany), and Viogn... Read More

    From the article A Trip through the Wines of Romania

  • Yes indeed Emark!"Reactions (not that I'd ever ask for any actual TNs ... but not in the way Bordeaux Merlot/Cab does. Hard to explain but it reminded me of old furniture. I was interested in that because I wanted to see how it would be at the 20 year mark. I mean, people don't generally have a lot of 1999 vintage Slovenian wine. So there we w... Read More

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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

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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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