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.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines10% 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...
International Wine CellarGood ruby-red. Aromas of roasted black fruits, smoke and meat. Sweet, layered, deep and rich, with lightly caramelized yet sappy flavors of black raspberry, tobacco, chocolate and meat. Finishes with substantial but lush tannins and excellent velvety yet juicy length.