(From 2011 Vintage) Stout’s coveted mountain fruit has produced a complex Merlot with aromas of pomegranate, marionberry, currant jelly, pencil shavings and rose petals. The pomegranate notes continue on the palate alongside flavors of Rainier cherry, wild red berries and molasses. Though seamlessly integrated, the firm, talc-like tannins promise a long life.
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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...