(From 2010 Vintage) This wine has a beautiful and complex nose of exotic Indian plum, black cherry, blackberry, toffee, bittersweet chocolate and dried wild herbs. On the palate, rich strawberry rhubarb and cherry-cola flavors are supported by creamy oak, robust tannins and savory hints of smoked meat. The finish is balanced and supple, with intriguing notes of clove and candied ginger.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines13% Cabernet Sauvignon; 2% Cab. Franc; 1% Petit Verdot. Of the three Duckhorn Merlot's under review, this one is easily the preferred bottling. From its very deep, impressively concentrated aromas of cherries and sweet oak to its rich and nervy young flavors, it is convincingly keyed on varietal fruit that buffers its nominal tannins and is in all ways a better-balanced and more complete package than either of its mates. Give it five years in the cellar and then match it up with long-simmered mea...