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Decoy 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc. 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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Duckhorn Vineyards:
Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent a quarter century establishing itself as one of North America's premier producers of Bordeaux varietal wines. From its modest inaugural vintage of 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978, to its addition of Sauvignon Blanc in 1982, Duckhorn Vineyards has crafted a tradition of quality and excellence that continues today.

Editorial Reviews for Decoy

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,742
0.00 5
02/27/2013

At first oaky on the nose but air quickly brings out attractive blackcurrant and herb notes that help to lend the aromatics some balance here. Nice freshness and weight on entry carries through across the palate with some woody tannins and a touch of caramel and fudge topping the modest red berry fruit here. The finish is relatively bright and fresh, if short. Nothing out of place, but at the same time this is an awfully safe wine. 85pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,742
4.00 5
01/09/2013

Milk chocolate and oak greet the nose followed by an attractive blend of lightly vegetal curranty fruit. The oak is a touch dominant at the moment but smells light and fresh, and mouthwateringly savory. Very smooth and supple on the palate, there's a lot to like here. This is balanced and polished but not boring or dull on the palate with hints of raspberries in cream followed by red currant and slightly dried plum fruit. The oak is obvious but well-balanced with a touch of nuttiness and toast on the finish where the tannins reassert themselves, but not in an unpleasant way before jammy red currant fruit grabs hold of the moderately long finish and drives it home with a hint of vanilla. I do like this but it is a bit paint by numbers, making it a very safe choice. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,742
4.00 5
10/09/2012

Loamy earth and dill greet the nose followed by spiced cherry aromas wrapped in fruit cake. Has some burnt fudge, rum and dried date top notes. Enters the mouth with a rather austere quality that adds some firmness to this medium-scaled wine. The flavors are fresh and fairly complex, with notes of dill and cocoa accenting the fruit flavors. Fruit leans towards the dried fruit end of the spectrum with hints of dates and spice cake. The oak really pops on the finish here, with plenty of attractive, toasty spice notes and a little heat marring the finale. 88pts


Member Reviews for Decoy

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Snooth User: calywa
9256772,137
4.50 5
08/08/2013

Rich, smooth, and enjoyable


Snooth User: mikespeer
10741941,196
3.50 5
07/24/2012

nice nose of red fruit...on the palette it gives some nice cherry flavors with a great mouth feel.....nice long finish for a somewhat light wine


Snooth User: bobcatpunk
959686568
4.00 5
11/11/2012

good body, dark fruits and good tannins, nice finish


Snooth User: bobcatpunk
959686568
4.00 5
10/07/2012

Great body, smooth, dark flavors


Snooth User: Andy Lopez
1141874176
3.00 5
10/08/2012

I found the wine very aromatic and smooth. It had a hint of spiciness to it with a dry aftertaste. I drink it again and recommend to others.


Snooth User: jfadgen
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5.00 5
10/19/2013

Outstanding -- and love being able to get a duckhorn product at the grocery store. Smooth, well balanced. Worth the price.


Snooth User: mr chris brown
37944515
3.50 5
11/28/2012

Fruity, lots of plumb flavors. Had at Palm on 11-28-12.


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External Reviews for Decoy

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/30/2014

Hard tannins make this wine difficult to approach now, as they usually do for young Duckhorn Cabs. But it’s quite a success for the chilly 2010 vintage, showing lush blackberry and cherry fruits and fine acidity. As tough as the tannins are, they’re well structured, a strong suggestion that the wine, which includes Merlot, should have an easy time aging. Start drinking it in 2016.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

Hard as nails in tannins, with mouth-numbing astringency. But the powerful fruit explodes right through, offering an array of blackberry jam, dark chocolate, raisin and anise flavors. Try cellaring it until at least 2019.


External Review
01/03/2013

Drawing on our winemaking team's expertise working with this varietal, the 2010 Decoy Sonoma County Merlot is lush and enticing with aromas that strike an appealing balance between vibrant cranberry and deeper, dark berry notes, with sophisticated hints of white pepper and forest floor. The palate is rich and beautifully structured, offering a lush core of dark, ripe fruit wrapped in smooth, firmly textured tannins. - WineryAcid: 0.56 g/100 ml titratable acidityPH: 3.68Alcohol: 14.5%


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
11/26/2011

At Duckhorn Vineyards, we believe that wines are made in the vineyard. While this may not be a new concept, it is one that we take very seriously.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
02/11/2012

The nose begins with fresh berry and black currant aromas, underscored by more sophisticated notes of dark plum, leather, walnut, clove and sage. On the palate, flavors of red currant, blueberry, vanilla bean and macadamia nut.


External Review
01/03/2013

Crafted in the longstanding tradition and style of Duckhorn Vineyards winemaking, Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine perfect for any occasion. - Winery


External Review
05/17/2013

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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90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc. 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.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 100% French Oak Château-Style Barrels (60 Gallons) 12 months in 5% New Oak

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: .56 grams per liter

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