(From 2007 Vintage) This is a beautiful expression of mountain-grown Merlot from a great single site, highlighting the firm, ripe tannins, intensity and deep, red-fruit elements that define Stout Vineyard. The aromas are opulent and concentrated with layers of red cherry, red currant, black licorice, allspice, olives and beef bouillon. On the palate, the wine is supple and compelling, with the ripe tannins and seamlessly integrated oak complementing and adding structure to flavors of raspberry, rhubarb, cranberry, walnut and cedar.
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...