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...
Our Estate Grown Merlot represents over 20 years of research and experience with Napa Valley Merlot. From our first vintage in 1978, we knew that we were in uncharted territory—one of a few who had seriously considered producing a varietal Merlot. Our estate vineyards are located in the best alluvial fans of the Napa Valley starting with the Selby Creek fan in the north, moving to Ritchie Creek in St. Helena, and finishing with the Rector Creek fan in Yountville. The shallow topsoil and high wate...
International Wine Cellar(2003 Vintage) Dark ruby-red. Deep aromas of currant, dark chocolate, licorice, tobacco leaf and earth. Broad, supple and rich, with a restrained sweetness and fat flavors of cherry, currant, chocolate and tobacco. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins. Lacks only the lift and definition for a higher score.
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...
International Wine Cellar(2002 Vintage) Good 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.
Wine Enthusiast(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(1999 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/03.