(From 2009 Vintage) Abundant layers of black cherry, raspberry and cranberry are underscored by notes of leather and oak-inspired spice that add nuance and complexity. Though powerful, the tannins are showing a youthful austerity that bodes well for long aging.
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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...