(From 2011 Vintage) The cooler 2011 vintage yielded an aromatic Merlot with vibrant red fruit layers of Rainier cherry and spiced plum, as well as notes of licorice, tobacco leaf, cardamom and thyme. Hints of cedar, leather and savory spice from aging in French oak barrels contribute depth and nuance, while a streak of uplifting acidity adds dimension to this wine’s smooth velvety texture. Dusty tannins frame a sophisticated finish.
(From 2012 Vintage) With its temperate weather and lengthy hang time, the 2012 growing season was ideal for our style of Merlot, yielding a wine that combines exceptional structure and depth with velvety tannins and alluring fruit. From its aromas of Santa Rosa plum, crème de cassis, violet and Herbes de Provence to its enticing flavors of olallieberry, sticky toffee and vanilla bean, this is a complex and compelling expression of Napa Valley Merlot.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 1991 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Oct-06
Wine Spectator(From 1993 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/96
Wine Enthusiast(From 2007 Vintage) As usual with Duckhorn’s red wines, this Merlot is more tannic and acidic than most anything coming from Napa Valley. They’re emphasizing structure over decadence. But that’s not to say there aren’t rich, elaborate berry, cherry, currant, chocolate and cedar flavors that provide bang for the buck. Very elegant and refined, this Merlot should be decanted before serving.
Wine & Spirits(From 1998 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/03.