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Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(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.

(2010 Vintage) With firm tannins and exceptional length, this is a lovely and age-worthy wine that shows how much Merlot can excel in a cooler growing season. The aromas are rich and inviting with layers of amaretto, sweet spice and cedar. On the palate, lush flavors of plum, blackberry and cherry dominate, with the tannins adding structure and depth.

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    First tasted in Napa; very good to find it at Bistro Blanc reasonably priced in the pneumatic!

    over 2 years
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    Smooth deep fruity notes

    over 1 year
Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2002 Vintage) 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. In the minds of many, Duckhorn has become something of a gold standard when it comes to Napa Valley Merlot, and this deep, keenly crafted example serves as an exemplary case in point. Its unstinting fruit is enriched with plenty of complementary oak, and it maintains a wonderful sense of juicy cherries even as its well-woven tannins provide a nice bit of finishing grip. Its optimal ripeness comes without evident heat, and it offers immense immediate pleasure while promisin...
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (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.
  • Wine Spectator
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/03.
  • Wine & Spirits
    (1998 Vintage)
  • Wine Spectator
    (1993 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/96