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Decoy Merlot 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine displays all of the benefits of slow, even ripening during a mild growing season. Though there is fullness and a lush character to this Merlot, there is also restraint and elegance. Promising aromas of cherry, red plum, raspberry, and dried herbs lead to a clean fresh entry with impeccably balanced acidity supporting intense red fruit flavors of cranberry, plum and raspberry. Round, supple tannins provide an enticing framework for the flavors and contribute to a lingering finish.

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.

Member Reviews for Decoy Merlot

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Snooth User: Richard Jennings
780161112,966
4.00 5
04/11/2013

Medium dark ruby color; French oak, vanilla, berry, black fruit, sweet coffee nose; rich, ripe black fruit, berry, espresso palate; medium-plus finish. (84% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc; 16 mos. in 100% French oak, 20% new, 80% second vintage; 14.5% alcohol) 92 points


Snooth User: Stallion
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4.00 5
08/18/2013

Very few vineyards do Merlot as good as Duckhorn. Another fantastic year here! Soft and supple with wonderful structure. It comes alive in the glass after a short period of time. Very rounded with wonderful dark fruit accents on the mid and back end! Sideways has no clue...Drink a Duckhorn Merlot, and then we can talk! LOL! Cheers!


Snooth User: Epicurean Hedonist
303324153
0.00 5
10/29/2012

Really damn good. Had a Ribeye steak (Delmonico) with grilled asparagus.


Snooth User: amlash
41942123
3.50 5
09/09/2011

A nice easy going wine


Snooth User: wg3
60481121
4.00 5
04/02/2012

Four glasses


External Reviews for Decoy Merlot

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Ripe to the point of overripe with a sweet raisin edge to the blackberry flavor. Still the structure is elegant showing fine tannins and good balance. Probably best over the next 1-3 years. - S.H. Wine Enthusiast.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

For the most part this deep and generous wine is very much keyed on the berrylike fruit of Zinfandel but it comes with a nice measure of complementary sweet oak and its Cabernet component is manifest in its solid sense of structure. It is a little too tough for drinking just yet and its tannins do stick out at the finish but very good things lie ahead for those who are willing to wait for another three to five years. Connoisseurs Guide.


External Review
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
08/26/2013

Napa Valley, CaliforniaDuckhorn Merlot is among the premier red wine gems of Napa Valley. Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent more than 30 years establishing itself as one of North America's premier producers of Bordeaux varietal wines. Fundamental to that tradition was the early decision by Duckhorn Vineyards to focus on the production of Merlot. The winemaker is Bill Nancarrow. Wine Spectator scored this 2009 vintage Duckhorn Merlot 91 points!Duckhorn Merlot offers fullness and a lush character but also restraint and elegance. Promising aromas of cherry, red plum, raspberry, and dried herbs lead to a clean fresh entry with impeccably balanced acidity supporting intense red fruit flavors of cranberry, plum and raspberry. Round, supple tannins provide an enticing framework for the flavors and contribute to a lingering finish. The 2009 vintage is a blend of 84% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc. It was aged for 15 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. Enjoy Duckhorn Merlot with veal chops, roast duck, creamy pastas and aged cheeses.


External Review
01/10/2013

A lovely Merlot, this is pure, vibrant and elegant. It has classic cherry, red-currant and cedar flavors, and while thereandrsquo;s a sweetness at the core, the finish is thoroughly dry. Wonderful to drink now with steak or lamb.


External Review
10/31/2012

A lovely Merlot, this is pure, vibrant and elegant. It has classic cherry, red-currant and cedar flavors, and while therersquo;s a sweetness at the core, the finish is thoroughly dry. Wonderful to drink now with steak or lamb.


External Review
10/31/2012

Sleek and well-focused, offering appealing red currant and tomato leaf aromas, with complex cherry, cedar and espresso notes. Tannins slide in on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2018.


External Review
03/27/2013

A lovely Merlot, this is pure, vibrant and elegant. It has classic cherry, red-currant and cedar flavors, and while there’s a sweetness at the core, the finish is thoroughly dry. Wonderful to drink now with steak or lamb.


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This wine displays all of the benefits of slow, even ripening during a mild growing season. Though there is fullness and a lush character to this Merlot, there is also restraint and elegance. Promising aromas of cherry, red plum, raspberry, and dried herbs lead to a clean fresh entry with impeccably balanced acidity supporting intense red fruit flavors of cranberry, plum and raspberry. Round, supple tannins provide an enticing framework for the flavors and contribute to a lingering finish.

29,234 Cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons) Barrel Aging: 15 Months Age of Barrels: 25% new, 75% second vintage

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: .59 grams per liter

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