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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  • Solaris Merlot Napa Valley Special Release 2001


    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


    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

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...

  • Chateau Tour Bel-Air Tradition 2016


    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


    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


    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


    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

  • Chateau Reynon Rouge 2016


    Another so-called "petit Chateau" from Cadillac, but there is nothing "petty" ... weight; the nose is plummy (Merlot) and smoky with a hint of lignin. The mouthfeel promises several years of future aging possibilities, with a spicy, vanilla-oak and cherry effect on the palate (middle). Finish is medium long, with considerable depth at this pr... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Chateau Larrivaux 2016


    This amazing 2016 Bordeaux vintage just keeps rolling along! The 2016 Larrivaux is pure Haut-Medoc; the scent of this wine is wonderful, with blackberry and cassis dominating. A pure wine with entry of tannic blackberry, this product is ready for drinking although it may last up to 5 years in the bottle. Buttery smooth. A fantastic buy. 91. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • ...on the other hand, DV, you could try a couple of the regular Bordeaux ... ... delicious and fresh (mostly Merlot dominated or 100% Merlot - such as Saint-Bernard).  The cheapest alternative is Chateau Pey la Tour at about 18 dollars - a perennial resident on the shelves year round.  The current vintages are 2016 and 2017.  All such wines ar... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...

  • An economical surprise, I happened on Red Diamond 2007 Merlot, and tried it because it was from Washington State, which I had recently visited and enjoyed the wines from the region. Yummy plummy and cherry roundness on my tongue!

    Comment by 537182granvin 537182 granvin

  • Does anyone know anything about Dealu Mare Romania Merlot 2002

    Comment by 508578MEJD 508578 MEJD

  • I hv a Bin 888 cabernet merlet 2004, It is still seal packed. I just wanted to know whether this is consumable now.

    Comment by 475506rajan pd singh 475506 rajan pd singh

  • is it on Snooth the Merlot Gibilmoro?

    Comment by 461833Licia Cardillo 461833 Licia Cardillo

  • Merlot Gibilmoro Di Prima

    Comment by 461833Licia Cardillo 461833 Licia Cardillo

  • I'm actually looking for cabarnet merlot 2006 preferable "woodhouse Estate " can you help or tell me where I can find it. Thanks

    Comment by 457107sylvia Gh 457107 sylvia Gh

  • It's great.

    Comment by 439469Louis A 439469 Louis A

  • I understand you will not be selling Matthew Fox to Marc's this true. If so, where can I purchase Matthew Fox wines. Lou

    Comment by 439469Louis A 439469 Louis A

  • [Yellow Tail] Merlot 2005 I'm a merlot fan normally. Taste was off. Lots of sediment at the bottom. Maybe a bad batch?

    Comment by 3572111BG 357211 1BG

  • I have six bottles of La Francesco 2001 Merlot That I would like to know if anyone is interested in trading for White Zinfadel, Reisling or a good Dessert Wine. If interested please email me @ My location is New Orleans, LA. Please leave a contact # for me to call you back if interested.These are the very large bottles. On bot...

    Comment by 351509Summer66 351509 Summer66

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