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Decoy Sonoma County Zinfandel 2009

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This enticing Sonoma County wine highlights a bright red-fruit and spice expression of Zinfandel. 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.

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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.
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Editorial Reviews for Decoy Sonoma County Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,228
3.50 5
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


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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
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
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!


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
01/06/2012

Vanilla, blackberry, and cherry in the nose, with a decent balance of acids and tannins in the mouth - very smooth. Didn't find it to be that interesting, but very drinkable.


Snooth User: Rich Tomko
1034442,854
3.00 5
01/13/2012

enjoyed this sweet, "vanillary" wine.


Snooth User: Amanda Schuster
8703411,975
2.50 5
01/09/2012

A lighter side to Zinfandel. I feel as though its effort for fresher flavors battles a bit with the intensity of the fruit. There is a great acid balance, but also a candy-like (berry Lifesavers, or those hard candies your grandma had in the bowl on the coffee table) finish I couldn't get past. Might be better with food.


Snooth User: Kate Statton
8538361,079
2.50 5
01/09/2012

Something almost medicinally minty about this, but has a basic fruity taste. Maybe when paired with some food that artificial-type taste would fall further in the background.


Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
3.50 5
03/10/2012

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Decoy Sonoma County Zinfandel

External Review
05/12/2011

A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2009 Decoy (Duckhorn) Zinfandel 750ml


External Review
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.


External Review
06/30/2012

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
07/06/2011

Winemaker's Notes - This enticing Sonoma County wine highlights a bright red-fruit and spice expression of Zinfandel. 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.



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This enticing Sonoma County wine highlights a bright red-fruit and spice expression of Zinfandel. 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.

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