(From 2011 Vintage) The cooler 2011 vintage yielded an aromatic Merlot with vibrant red fruit layers of Rainier cherry and spiced plum, as well as notes of licorice, tobacco leaf, cardamom and thyme. Hints of cedar, leather and savory spice from aging in French oak barrels contribute depth and nuance, while a streak of uplifting acidity adds dimension to this wine’s smooth velvety texture. Dusty tannins frame a sophisticated finish.
Blend: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet FrancThis is a well-balanced wine with medium weight, beautiful texture, bright acid, and integrated,supple tannins. The aroma is elegant, with elements of earth, black cherry, vanilla and clove,accompanied by a slightly meaty character. On the palate, the wine is layered with rich fruit flavors,most notably blueberry, blackberry, and plum, and accented by subtle notes of lavender and sage."There's a beautiful Merlot in here but you're going to have to paddle...
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