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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  • 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

  • One and done? Read More

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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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  • !!!!In a restaurant I hope. 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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  • 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".

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  • How do I find the sugar content of selected wines?

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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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