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Duckhorn Vineyards Howell Mountain Merlot Napa Valley

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2006 Vintage) Our Napa Valley Merlot is a complex blend of several individual vineyard lots, incorporating fruit from our Estate Vineyards and from top independent growers throughout the Napa Valley. The final wine...

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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2002 Vintage) 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Oft times wines of this appellation come across as being stern and tighter in structure, but this one is lush and fleshy and simply loaded with outgoing, very ripe, cherry-like fruit that speaks with a loud varietal voice. It is fairly full-bodied and quite well-balanced in spite of its riper leanings, and, while it shows a streak of heat at the finish, its engaging fruit easily carries the day. There is just enough tannin to ensure a bit of growth, and it will reach its v...
  • International Wine Cellar
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 99, November/December 2001. ($44) Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, game, mint and roasted nuts on the expressive nose. Sweet, thick and pliant in the mouth, with notes of black raspberry, boysenberry and dark chocolate, plus a distinct hint of confiture. Very merlot. Long finish features ripe tannins and sweet oak. Way better than the '98 version of this wine.
  • Wine Spectator
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/02.
  • International Wine Cellar
    (2000 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 105, November/December 2002. ($46) Good medium ruby. Black fruits, violet, smoked meat, dark chocolate and a hint of bell pepper on the nose. Firm-edged, fairly dense flavors of black plum, baking chocolate and fresh herbs offer a nicely restrained sweetness. Finishes with firm tannins and good shape.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2000 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Nov-06