(2011 Vintage) Stout’s coveted mountain fruit has produced a complex Merlot with aromas of pomegranate, marionberry, currant jelly, pencil shavings and rose petals. The pomegranate notes continue on the palate alongside flavors of Rainier cherry, wild red berries and molasses. Though seamlessly integrated, the firm, talc-like tannins promise a long life.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(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...