Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley
257 Ratings
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257 Ratings
Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(From 2011 Vintage) The cooler 2011 vintage yielded an aromatic Merlot with vibrant red fruit layers of Rainier cherry and spiced plum, as well as notes of licorice, tobacco leaf, cardamom and thyme. Hints of cedar, leather and savory spice from aging in French oak barrels contribute depth and nuance, while a streak of uplifting acidity adds dimension to this wine’s smooth velvety texture. Dusty tannins frame a sophisticated finish.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2008 growing season has produced a particularly complex and complete expression of Napa Valley Merlot, combining bright, lifted red fruit elements with darker, more extracted layers. This depth is on display in the aromatics, where notes of Asian spice, red currant, plum and blueberry crisp are supported by a subtle streak of earthiness. The palate is both velvety and balanced, with flavors that echo the aromas.

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

The 2008 growing season has produced a particularly complex and complete expression of Napa Valley Merlot, combining bright, lifted red fruit elements with darker, more extracted layers. This depth is on display in the aromatics, where notes of Asian spice, red currant, plum and blueberry crisp are supported by a subtle streak of earthiness. The palate is both velvety and balanced, with flavors that echo the aromas.

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    I am not a merlot lover, but I like this! a good balance of fruit, spice, and dryness, great mouthfeel. almost Cabernet like! a little bitter aftertaste. The 2008 growing season has produced a particularly complex and complete expression of Napa Valley Merlot, combining bright, lifted red fruit elements with darker, more extracted layers. This depth is on display in the aromatics, where notes of Asian spice, red currant, plum and blueberry crisp are supported by a subtle streak of earthiness. The palate is both velvety and balanced, with flavors that echo the aromas. These flavors are held together by granular tannins and accented by oak-inspired notes of molasses and nougat.

    almost 4 years
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    smooth

    over 3 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/03.
  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 1998 Vintage)
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (From 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.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 1991 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Oct-06
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1993 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/96