Merlot

Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Its softness and "fleshiness", combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin.

Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, Merlot is one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine, and it is the most widely planted grape in the Bordeaux wine regions. Merlot is also one of the most popular red wine varietals in many markets. This flexibility has helped to make it one of the world's most planted grape varieties.

While Merlot is made across the globe, there tends to be two main styles. The "International style" favored by many New World wine regions tends to emphasize late harvesting to gain physiological ripeness and produce inky, purple colored wines that are full in body with high alcohol and lush, velvety tannins with intense, plum and blackberry fruit. While this international style is practiced by many Bordeaux wine producers, the traditional "Bordeaux style" of Merlot involves harvesting Merlot earlier to maintain acidity and producing more medium-bodied wines with moderate alcohol levels that have fresh, red fruit flavors (raspberries, strawberries) and potentially leafy, vegetal notes.

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Bogle 'Merlot' 750ML

From the ProducersBogle MerlotWinemaker NotesWhat makes the Merlot a perfect, everyday wine for..

$13.99

Bolla 'Merlot delle Venezie IGT' 750ML

BOLLA MERLOT DELLE VENEZIE IGTBright ruby red with a full bouquet of cranberries, cherries, plums, a..

$13.99

Cakebread Cellars - Merlot Napa Valley 750ML

From the ProducersCAKEBREAD CELLARS 'MERLOT'NAPA VALLEYTasting Notes & Food PairingsFragrant rip..

$73.99

Casa Lapostolle 'Merlot' Rapel Valley 750ML

From the ProducersCASA LAPOSTOLLE 'MERLOT' Region: Valle del Rapel, Chile.Grape: 86% Merlot, 12..

$15.99

Casillero Del Diablo 'Merlot' 750ML

From the ProducersCONCHA Y TORO CASILLERO DEL DIABLO 'MERLOT'Central Valley, ChileThis native o..

$11.99

Charles Smith 'The Velvet Devil' Merlot 750ML

From the ProducersCHARLES SMITH 'THE VELVET DEVIL' MERLOTDescription: 94% MERLOT, 3% CABERNET S..

$13.99

Chateau Damase Bordeaux Superior Merlot 750ML

From the ProducersProduct of FranceBordeaux BlendCHÂTEAU DAMASEDamase is the name of the glorious an..

$16.99

Rombauer - Merlot Napa Valley 750ML

Winemaker's NotesAromas of ripe blood plums and cherry intertwine with subtle, well-integrated notes..

$36.99

Rutherford Hill - Merlot 'Napa Valley' 750ML

Winemaker's Notes:Rutherford Hill Merlot is an elegantly refined blend of classic Bordeaux varietals..

$24.99