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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  • Pacific Peak Pacific Peak Merlot 2008


    Definitely needs to breathe. On opening harsh nose and flavor of sulfites. On ... "berry burst" I like in a Merlot.Okay, particularly for the price and might improve with aging (in 2019 I tried and bottle wasn't clear what vintage). Not likely to repeat the purchase but a decent bargai Read More

    Wine review by donealrice

  • It's decent enough that I've even bought it in Victoria for $35 CDN!  Read More

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  • Good call on the Chateau Ste. Michelle.  Just a solid winery--and I have a ... have a lot of regard for WA Merlots in genera Read More

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  • See if you can find Chateau Ste. Michelle "Indian Wells" merlot (Washington) and should be about $14.  Read More

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  • I don't think many associate the descriptor "bold" with Merlots, but I have been enjoying this one lately Light red fruit, which, to me, sounds like Merlot, but with sufficient tannin to give it nice backbone.  This is the fifth or sixth bottle of this that I've been the last couple months at Costco for $15. Read More

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  • Anyone knows a bold Merlot under $20 ? I bought one years ago but I forgot the brand Read More

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  • Chateau du Bos Graves 2016


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Sussex [] ... cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot.It is a full bodied and well structured but dry wine with plenty of a blackberry and blueberry style fruit with a hint of coffee or smoke and soft tannins. In short this is a lovely clar Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley Merlot 2016


    Pretty garnet color. Very light nose. Gentle introduction of red cherry on the tip of the tongue, Some nice acid tartness. Otherwise a very soft wine. It does have good tannin though. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Chateau Segonzac Vieilles Vignes Cru Bourgeiois Premier Cotes Blaye France 1998


    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a wine merchant in Sussex.Three ... ... this cuvee consists of 60% merlot,20% cabernet sauvignon,10% malbec,5% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot and spent 12 months in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is some blackcurrant and plum style fruit there with a ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Sacred Hill Helmsman 2014


    Excellent, inviting garnet colour. Scent redolent of cedar bark and cassis or ... - assuming a Meritage blend (Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon). A very fine wine. 4 cups or, if you prefer, 91. Retails for about 50-60 dollars U Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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