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Decoy Merlot Sonoma County 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.

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 Merlot Sonoma County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,614
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
89065219,614
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


Member Reviews for Decoy Merlot Sonoma County

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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
55134828
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
37944520
3.50 5
11/28/2012

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


Snooth User: White Russian
10106598
5.00 5
01/02/2012

The aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Excellent red wine!


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External Reviews for Decoy Merlot Sonoma County

External Review
07/13/2013

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


External Review
01/02/2013

The 2010 vintage has delivered a beautifully fragrant wine with layered aromas of blackberry, cassis, cinnamon cake, anise, cardamom, tobacco leaf and mocha. On the palate, the entry is soft and smooth with blueberry and bittersweet chocolate flavors, as


External Review
01/26/2013

The Duckhorn Napa Merlot program is one of the finest in the Valley, and has been a focus for the winery for decades. The 2010 vintage is laser-sharp and lengthy, the wine really shows what cool vintage Merlot can be.


External Review
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
10/31/2013

Aromas of ripe currant, spearmint, marzipan and tobacco lead to intense flavors of blackberry and black cherry, all supported by a subtle framework of French oak, which adds nuance, depth and dimension to the finish.


External Review
01/03/2013

A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2010 Duckhorn Merlot 750ml


External Review
02/05/2013

Aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, cigar box, toffee and mint lead to fresh dark berry and red currant flavors and hints of dried herbs. The palate is soft and inviting, and the finish offers lingering notes of fruit, caramel and almond.


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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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