(From 2007 Vintage) This is a beautiful expression of mountain-grown Merlot from a great single site, highlighting the firm, ripe tannins, intensity and deep, red-fruit elements that define Stout Vineyard. The aromas are opulent and concentrated with layers of red cherry, red currant, black licorice, allspice, olives and beef bouillon. On the palate, the wine is supple and compelling, with the ripe tannins and seamlessly integrated oak complementing and adding structure to flavors of raspberry, rhubarb, cranberry, walnut and cedar.
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...