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, congrats on finding the new abode. Sorry about the passing of your Mother, ... ... 40% Garnatxa and 20% Merlot/Syrah.  This is not a shy wine with a lot of dark fruit, ripe plums, black pepper, medium plus tannins, decent acidity and a fairly long finis Read More

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  • I had a bunch of the guys I ride with and their others over for a barbeque ... We opened a 2014 merlot and WOW, it was fantastic.  So jammy and reeking of stewed plums.  We went off the rails after that and a Langmeil Shiraz came out followed by a 2013 Northern Gale cab sav (Napa), which was probably the best way to finish.  A good upward trend... Read More

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  • Chateau Senejac 2010


    The 2010 Senejac has matured nicely since it last passed my lips, and tastes like a 5th Growth rather than its Cru Bourgeois provenance in Haut-Medoc (there is only one classified growth in this region). Anyway, this wine has some tannic punch to last another 3-5 years, but seems mature now; lots of blackberry (Cabernet influence), grainy cherr... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Keyways Vineyard & Winery Petit Verdot Temecula Valley 2008


    Another wine of unclear provenance from an estate disposition, I have to say, though, it's pretty good. Lovely dark color with absolutely no bricking. Red fruit on the nose, but with a hint of alcohol. VERY fruity on the tip of the tongue--red bing cherry, red table grapes. It is almost sweet, although, there is still some obvious acid that... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Pauillac Château Haut Batailley 5ième Cru Classe Bordeaux 2007


    I bought this bottle of wine for £30 from the website ... 73% cabernet sauvignon,23% merlot,3% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot and was aged in oak barrels for 18 months.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken.It is a very dark coloured and full bodied wine with some blackcurrant and blackberry style fruit and a suggest... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau Chantalouette Pomerol 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Belgravia ... producer. It consists of 70% merlot and 15% each of the two cabernets and was aged in oak barrels.I started the bottle the other evening with my supper of roast lamb There is plenty of a blackcurrant and plum style fruit with just a hint of vanilla and some smooth soft and well ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Cote Mas Rouge Intense Sud de France 2017


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... carignan,15% cinsault,10% merlot and 5% syrah.I started it last night with my pasta supper.This is a full bodied wine with plenty of plum,raspberry,cherry and blackcurrant style fruit and more than a hint of savoury spice especially on the finish with soft,smooth but structured tannins. ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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  • NO, that's the going rate at BC Liquor Distibution.  That said, I can ... can find plenty of great BC merlot for $25 CDN.So, Terrence, did you have any luc Read More

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