(From 2010 Vintage) This wine has a beautiful and complex nose of exotic Indian plum, black cherry, blackberry, toffee, bittersweet chocolate and dried wild herbs. On the palate, rich strawberry rhubarb and cherry-cola flavors are supported by creamy oak, robust tannins and savory hints of smoked meat. The finish is balanced and supple, with intriguing notes of clove and candied ginger.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2002 Vintage) 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. In the minds of many, Duckhorn has become something of a gold standard when it comes to Napa Valley Merlot, and this deep, keenly crafted example serves as an exemplary case in point. Its unstinting fruit is enriched with plenty of complementary oak, and it maintains a wonderful sense of juicy cherries even as its well-woven tannins provide a nice bit of finishing grip. Its optimal ripeness comes without evident heat, and it offers immense immediate pleasure while promisin...