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Decoy Pinot Noir 750m 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

This enticing Sonoma County wine highlights a bright red-fruit and spice expression of Zinfandel. The majority of the fruit came from elite vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley, an area universally recognized for producing exceptional high-end Zinfandel. Varietal Content 87% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah Cooperage 85% French Oak, 10% American Oak, 5% Hungarian Oak Barrel Aging: 12 Months Age of Barrels: 35% new, 65% second vintage Winemaker Notes With a focus on hillside grapes from the renowned Dry Creek Valley, this is perhaps the richest and most robust expression of Decoy Zinfandel we have ever produced. Aromas of spicy dark fruit flow from the glass underscored by oak-inspired notes of vanilla and clove. On the palate, flavors of ripe berry and bramble mingle with hints of Christmas spices and mocha with polished tannins and lingering acidity adding to a long, satisfying finish.

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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 Pinot Noir 750m

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464720,639
3.50 5
10/17/2014

Rich black fruit aromas of blackberry and bramble fruit. Flavors are full with candied plum, fresh blackberry compote, cassis, blueberry and a hint of toasty oak. The concentrated flavors follow through to the long finish.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,083
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/19/2012

This shows off a little cherry Lifesaver on the nose over attractive blueberry, roasted herb and well judged cedar wood spice aromas. Round and lush in the mouth, this offers up bitter chocolate and licorice-nuanced bitter black cherry fruit on the palate. The texture is rather fine and supple, certainly very attractive, and the fruit is well presented if a little simple. This does drop a bit on the finish. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,083
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/12/2012

Subtle on the nose with a nice blend of earth, peppery spice, oak and briar. Moderately light on the palate with a round, slightly viscous yet seamless mouth feel. The fruit is decidedly red here with gentle vanilla and spice accents that turn a bit chocolaty on the back end, where it gains a light touch of herb. The finish turns more focused with the coffee-toned wood becoming obvious, though this remains balanced and elegant with a fine sense of restraint. Old school Claret-style Zin. 88pts


Member Reviews for Decoy Pinot Noir 750m

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Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464720,639
4.40 5
10/17/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: puhnner
1534071,830
0.00 5
05/14/2015

This should be for the 2012 Zinfandel, however, despite 2 attempts to list the wine, it remains a Pinot... Not a bad little number, had with a dinner at Perry's in Dallas. good complexity and not an overabundant fruity Zinfandel.


Snooth User: puhnner
1534071,830
4.00 5
05/12/2015

Four glasses


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/15/2012

gorgeous dark cherry red fruit notes intertwined with rustic earthy characteristics. strong deep aromas and then the palate offers a bit of pepper, light currant, and spice.


Snooth User: Americo Valdes
115586898
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 09/10/2013

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 01/08/2012

deep layers of red and black berry fruit, oak and vanilla subtleties, candied fruit on the palate with a spicy finish.


Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/10/2012

A bit funky on the nose with hints of bright red berries. Extremely soft in the mouth with some flecks of cocoa plant. A lot going on here with the alternating acidity and juiciness. I love the satiny feel!


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External Reviews for Decoy Pinot Noir 750m

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
Vintage: 2013 03/05/2015

For years now Duckhorn Vineyards has produced a Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend under the Decoy label, and Duckhorn fans have been able to enjoy Duckhorn quality at a great price. Because Duckhorn has access to the best growers and the finest quality fruit in the region they've expanded the Decoy line to include varietal wines. This is their 2013 Pinot Noir that they've sourced from 16 different prime vineyards in Sonoma. Each lot was vinified separately and the wine was aged for 7 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. It shows distinctive Pinot character with notes of black cherry, strawberry, cranberry and cola on a beautifully balanced and vibrant framework. Hints of vanilla and spice linger on the finish. Duckhorn does it again!


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
07/31/2014

The aromas are ripe and appealing, offering layers of strawberry jam, raspberry and sweet vanilla, as well as hints of chocolate-covered cherries and white pepper. On the palate, the entry is full and balanced with lovely cranberry notes supported by the subtle influence of fine oak.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/12/2014

For years now Duckhorn Vineyards has produced a Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend under the Decoy label, and Duckhorn fans have been able to enjoy Duckhorn quality at a great price. Because Duckhorn has access to the best growers and the finest quality fruit in the region they've expanded the Decoy line to include varietal wines. This is their 2012 Pinot Noir that they've sourced from 16 different prime vineyards in Sonoma. Each lot was vinified separately and the wine was aged for 7 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. It shows distinctive Pinot character with notes of black cherry, strawberry, cranberry and cola on a beautifully balanced and vibrant framework. Hints of vanilla and spice linger on the finish. Duckhorn does it again!


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/08/2014

This enticing wine displays lovely aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberry, as well as subtle notes of sandalwood and spice. On the palate, it is elegantly structured with abundant red fruit, excellent mid-palate weight and a lingering finish with a hint of fresh earth.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 07/18/2013

Duckhorn's Decoy line has been a hit with us - offering outstanding wines at a reasonable price. We really enjoy the line because the wines see less oak and maintain a youthful freshness that we love to find.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 05/13/2014

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/23/2012

For the second year in a row, Decoy has released one of the best values in Zinfandel of the vintage. This year, Sonoma County is source to the grapes, and the wine shows classic wild berry, cola, anise, pepper and sandalwood avors.


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This enticing Sonoma County wine highlights a bright red-fruit and spice expression of Zinfandel. The majority of the fruit came from elite vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley, an area universally recognized for producing exceptional high-end Zinfandel. Varietal Content 87% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah Cooperage 85% French Oak, 10% American Oak, 5% Hungarian Oak Barrel Aging: 12 Months Age of Barrels: 35% new, 65% second vintage Winemaker Notes With a focus on hillside grapes from the renowned Dry Creek Valley, this is perhaps the richest and most robust expression of Decoy Zinfandel we have ever produced. Aromas of spicy dark fruit flow from the glass underscored by oak-inspired notes of vanilla and clove. On the palate, flavors of ripe berry and bramble mingle with hints of Christmas spices and mocha with polished tannins and lingering acidity adding to a long, satisfying finish.

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