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Decoy Merlot Sonoma County 2016

Editorial Review by Snooth Editorial:

Plump black fruit aromas and warm baking spices mingle on this inviting nose. Flavors are full of warm California sun - they're big ripe and juicy, with clove, blackberry, toast and black cherry. Clean and well balanced wine, worthy of Duckhorn's name as a Merlot of quality.

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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 Merlot Sonoma County

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464772,581
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 10/17/2014

Plump black fruit aromas and warm baking spices mingle on this inviting nose. Flavors are full of warm California sun - they're big ripe and juicy, with clove, blackberry, toast and black cherry. Clean and well balanced wine, worthy of Duckhorn's name as a Merlot of quality.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 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
89065238,750
0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 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
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/09/2009

Really beautiful top note of pale cigar wrapper, a coy nose, lots of lurking fruit, red raspberry, mocha, hazelnut nougat, smoke, oak, spice and a touch of herb. Big and layered with some airy space between the shell and core of this wine. Quite youthful, a nice silky feel to the tannins, the fruit is prominent but nicely ripe and with deep red currant and dried strawberry tones. A bit of wood tannin rasps across the midpalate a bit and the alcohol it a touch high but the slightly creamy, oak tinged fruit remains fresh. The finish is a bit of a let down as there’s not much length or development and the oaky turns a bit raw. In a year or two this should be at a better place but this still is a nicely proportioned Napa Meritage. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 12/14/2009

Black cherry, vanilla, tobacco leaf, herbs, earth, and a touch of French oak are all nicely balanced. This is seamless on entry with excellent purity of black cherry fruit. The acidity creeps up on you a little but the fruit is very precise and fresh with lovely suggestions of herb and tomato with fine shadings of cigarbox and cedar. This is refined and elegant with excellent length in a surprisingly fresh and juicy style that really highlights the red fruits. 93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 12/22/2008

A bit tight and matte on the nose with a pipe tobacco tone to the wood spice, jammy cassis, smoky mineral, buttered toast and braised herbal notes emerge. With air this goes through a rough period showing a chemical edge and a bit too much SO2. This is fairly big and chewy with a lot of depth to the rich crème de cassis, wood spice, roast meat, and candied red cherry fruits. A bit minty with a background eucalyptus note that helps keep things fresher. Turns a bit more stiff and aggressive on the back-end, which is drying but very long with that menthol/spearmint tone hovering over the slightly flat, candied blackberry fruit. This ends up being just too extracted and flat with clumsy tannins compressing the very drying finish. 2011-2020 87pts


Member Reviews for Decoy Merlot Sonoma County

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Snooth User: sbr1105
1540658257
3.50 5
Vintage: 2013 01/02/2016

My favorite vineyard for Merlot. This affordable label takes the guess work out.


Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464772,581
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 10/17/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: cma238
1295124214
0.00 5
Vintage: 2012 08/16/2013

Cherry jam and thick oak on the uptake. Citrus peels commingle with leather gloves on the tongue. Tangy zing-zag on the finish.


Snooth User: AlexS
635962
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 02/13/2014

They should put warning labels on wine that's this easy going down. It was delicious before, during, and after dinner.


Snooth User: MPohlmann
12943159
5.00 5
Vintage: 2012 01/19/2014

Very nice wine with fillet mignon. Smooth and not over-powering.


Snooth User: avandoski
104138142
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 08/28/2013

Great qpr. Very smooth, but grows more bold


Snooth User: Chuk P.
148775027
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 04/04/2014

Normally I'm not a huge Cabernet Sauvignon fan, however, this is not your normal cab. Comparatively, it's fairly light bodied. If you're looking for a big robust cab, keep looking. If you like cabs, and are entertaining someone who likes something a little less bold, give this a go! The bouquet featured notes of Chocolate, Black Cherry, a little vanilla. Then on the taste it had a slight plum & black cherry taste, tinged with oak. A lingering berry taste rounds out this well balanced wine. Wouldn't stand up to a ribeye, but I wouldn't hesitate to pair this with a lean cut like a Chateaubriand or Filet. Ready to drink immediately.


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External Reviews for Decoy Merlot Sonoma County

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/13/2018

Harvest Notes: The 2016 growing season began with generous winter rains, followed by a spring and summer marked by moderate temperatures and abundant sunshine. Like several recent vintages, the 2016 harvest came early, delivering exquisite quality grapes. After the modest size crop of 2015, 2016 saw a welcome return to average yields. Overall, the 2016 whites show an ideal combination of lovely richness and excellent natural acidity, while the reds are lush and complex, with beautiful color and concentration. Comments from the Winemaker: This lush and inviting Merlot displays layers of black cherry, blueberry and cassis, underscored by vanilla and cocoa. On the palate, balanced acidity adds poise and elegance, while silky tannins carry the wine to a fruitful and concentrated finish. Varietal Content: 97% Merlot 3% Cabernet Sauvignon Alcohol: 13.9% TA: 0.60 g/100ml pH: 3.50


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 01/23/2018

Harvest Notes: In Sonoma County, a warm, dry spring resulted in an early budbreak, while an extended flowering period brought a return to normal yields after three years of abundant crops. With berry weights down, the grapes offered great concentration, while retaining excellent acidity. We had one of our earliest harvests in the past decade, but a light rain in mid-September nourished the vines and provided welcome additional hangtime. Overall, the quality of the fruit was exceptional, with our white wines showing both richness and complexity, and our red grapes displaying a fine balance between elegance and intensity, with gorgeous dark fruit flavors. Comments from the Winemaker: This lovely expression of Sonoma County Merlot offers lush layers of black cherry, cassis and cranberry, along with notes of cocoa and leather. On the palate, refined tannins underscore the wine’s velvety mouthfeel, while excellent acidity adds poise and length to the vibrant red berry flavors. Varietal Content: 92% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc 2% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Petite Sirah Alcohol: 13.9% TA: 0.62 g/100 ml pH: 3.62


External Review
Vintage: 2014 01/08/2018

Not just an entrepreneur but a true visionary, Dan Duckhorn was the first Napa winemaker to see the potential for Merlot as not just something to blend with Cabernet but as the primary grape in a great Napa Valley wine. He founded his winery on that premise and the rest is history. No other Merlot from California has achieved the success, the accolades or the following that Duckhorn enjoys. The wines are always highly allocated and snapped up by legions of loving admirers. The 2014 vintage was was another outstanding one for Napa Valley. This wine is a blend of 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc aged 16 months in 100% French Oak Château-style barrels 40% new. Combining lovely structure and alluring appeal, this is a classic expression of Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot. Wine Spectator scored this 92 points saying "Plush and rich-tasting, with finely interwoven flavors of dark cherry, plum tart and blackberry that are accented by cocoa powder notes. Asian spice accents fill the lush finish. Drink now through 2022."


External Review
Vintage: 2014 09/11/2017

Duckhorn has been producing Cabernet Sauvignon since 1978. Blending fruit from estate vineyards and top Napa Valley growers, this wine embodies the complexity of the valley, while offering a seamless balance between fruit, oak and tannins. To add nuance the Cabernet is blended with Merlot, yielding a wine that is approachable in its youth, yet worthy of cellaring. 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot aged in 100% French oak château-style barrels 50% new for 16 months. Wine Spectator scored this 92 points saying "This is marked by a strong herb and oak mixture and framed by a lively burst of red currant, red licorice, dusty, cedary oak and licorice notes. Drink now through 2030." and Wine Review Online scored it 94 points saying "Another splendid vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon for Duckhorn is just another day at the office. And it's anything but ho-hum. The 2014 is a richly layered, black-fruited beauty that exhibits impressive depth, intense fruit aroma, and beautifully integrated oak/spice notes. Well balanced and beautifully structured to improve with age, it nevertheless is beautiful to drink now as well."


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 01/14/2017

2014 Harvest Notes: After getting off to a relatively early start, sunny skies and slightly above average temperatures made for a very consistent and speedy Sonoma County harvest. Yields were just a touch above average, and the quality was excellent across all varietals. Our final pick of pristine, perfectly ripe fruit came into our new winemaking facility on October 17th. Overall, 2014 delivered the third phenomenal vintage in a row, with exceptional color and concentration, and delicious aromas and flavors. Comments from the Winemaker: This lush and inviting Merlot displays flavors of ripe blackberry, black cherry and cassis, underscored by hints of sweet spice, cocoa and leather. On the palate, balanced acidity adds poise and elegance, while silky, refined tannins carry the wine to a fruitful and concentrated finish. Varietal Content: 88% Merlot 8% Malbec 4% Cabernet Franc Alcohol: 13.9% Titratable acidity: 0.60g/100 ml pH: 3.5


External Review
Vintage: 2013 10/26/2016

Not just an entrepreneur but a true visionary, Dan Duckhorn was the first Napa winemaker to see the potential for Merlot as not just something to blend with Cabernet but as the primary grape in a great Napa Valley wine. He founded his winery on that premise and the rest is history. No other Merlot from California has achieved the success, the accolades or the following that Duckhorn enjoys. The wines are always highly allocated and snapped up by legions of loving admirers. The 2013 growing season offered near-perfect growing conditions. A blend of 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc Cooperage 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons) Barrel Aging: 15 Months Age of Barrels: 25% new. It shows exceptional structure and depth with velvety tannins and alluring fruit. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 90 points saying "Duckhorn takes the soft lushness of merlot and brings along some crisp tailoring. It’s a clean wine with stamina, coasting on soft cherry flavor, darkening to blueberry length. A simple pleasure." and Wine Review Online scored it 92 saying "There’s Merlot…and then there’s the real Merlot. Put this 2013 Duckhorn Merlot in the latter category. This should not be surprising. After all, it was Duckhorn with their Three Palms Merlot that showed the heights that this varietal could achieve in Napa. They continue to excel with their “regular” Napa Valley Merlot. Too many Merlot are just soft and sweet. Real Merlot should have earthiness, even an engaging touch of funkiness to it. This one has that and a plush texture but enough support for those fine tannins to give it structure. Sufficient acidity in the finish amplifies it all. Try it now with a steak."


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 06/28/2016

For more than three decades, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting exceptional Napa Valley Merlot reflecting the rich diversity of the valley’s many appellations Drawing on our winemaking team’s expertise working with this varietal, Decoy Sonoma County Merlot is a lush and inviting wine highlighting the elegance of the varietal from another exceptional growing region. Comments from the Winemaker: Alluring aromas of black cherry and dark chocolate are complemented by savory notes and subtle hints of smoke. Graceful and velvety, this wine glides across the palate, with beautifully balanced acidity and tannins underscoring lush layers of fruit. Cooperage: 100% French Oak Château-Style Barrels (60 Gallons) 10 months in 60% Neutral, 40% New Oak Alcohol: 13.5% Titratable acidity: 0.57g/100 ml pH: 3.62


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