The color merlot is a deep purplish red, a reference to its resemblance to the color of the wine variety of the same name. This color is a mix of the Red-Green-Blue (RGB) values of 127, 23 and 31.
The Merlot wine grape, a dark blue variety grown worldwide, is named for the diminutive form of the French word for blackbird, "merle." This is likely a reference to the dark color of the grape. Merlot wine is one of the most popular varietals in the world, having originated in the wine-making Bordeaux region of France. The grape is the third-most widely grown type, occupying 640,000 acres of vineyards.