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 …
Merlot grapes on the vine
A main cluster and an attached "wing cluster" of Merlot grapes with its characteristic dark-blue color.
Cabernet Franc, one of the parent varieties of Merlot.