This wine starts off with dark, funky earth scents that blend well with coffee and medicinal notes. The palate is full of rich, red fruit, accented by arugala and dark chocolate. Overall, a hint lean with cherry and cinnamon lingering on the long 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.
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 Spectator(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/03.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 1991 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Oct-06
Wine & Spirits(From 1998 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(From 1993 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/96