This Merlot is full-bodied with layers of fruit that are well integrated with the tannins and result in a long finish. The aroma is deeply layered with blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, vanilla, caramel and a hint of herbs. The flavors are lush and ripe with an appealing taste of raspberry initially balanced by rich oak flavors in the finish.
(From 2010 Vintage) With firm tannins and exceptional length, this is a lovely and age-worthy wine that shows how much Merlot can excel in a cooler growing season. The aromas are rich and inviting with layers of amaretto, sweet spice and cedar. On the palate, lush flavors of plum, blackberry and cherry dominate, with the tannins adding structure and depth.
Wine Spectator(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/03.
Wine & Spirits(From 1998 Vintage)
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.
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