Decoy Zinfandel Napa 2008
Since the inaugural vintage of the Decoy Napa Valley Red Wine more than 20 years ago, Decoy has taken an important place in the Duckhorn Wine Company family with a style of ready-upon-release wines that are capable of expressing their full charm and complexity in their youth. Building on this foundation, Decoy has evolved from being a single wine that supported the Duckhorn Vineyards brand to being a supporting brand for the entire Duckhorn Wine Company portfolio. Now, in addition to the Decoy Red, the Decoy line-up includes a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc - all of which are appellation designated, and highlight Decoy’s commitment to producing attractively priced wines made from exceptional vineyard sources. Like all the grapes used to make wines in the Duckhorn Wine Company portfolio, fruit for the Decoy program comes from a mix of Estate vineyards and top independent growers (primarily located in the Napa and Anderson valleys). Decisions about which lots are used in Decoy are not made until well into the winemaking process. As a result, Decoy’s grapes receive the same meticulous care in the vineyard, and the same small-lot attention to detail in the winery (including hand-sorting, the use of the finest coopers and French oak, and a commitment to artful blending). Decoy Zinfandel brilliantly explores this robust and appealing grape as a stand-alone wine. It offers the concentration and complexity that has made the Napa Valley famous, while highlighting classic Zinfandel elements of raspberry, strawberry jam, white pepper, cedar and spice. On the palate, the tannins are smooth and the flavors are rich and mouthfilling, with abundant ripe fruit and layers of vanilla and sweet oak. Enjoy this classic Zinfandel with Brisket, Quail or Cannelloni, or with strong cheeses such as Parmesan or Asiago to complement the flavour of this wine.
Lush aroma, with berry fruit, cocoa, and tobacco. Silky body, and a nice finish.
This is a really interesting wine. I was caught a littl off gaurd by how restrained and refined this bottle was. This is a medium body wine with plenty of red fruits but it is not an overextracted as some zin can be. There are notes of pepper and spice as well as some tobaco.
Richly textured nose of baking spices and brambly fruit notes. Some herbal tones, like sage and thyme. Well structured and balanced, this is a nice drinking zin maintaining a good profile of spice and jammy red and black fruit without going too far in any one direction. Nice oak. Baking spices linger and it turns a tad pruny on the finish.
I agree: this is a medium-bodied and not over-extracted Zin. Very nice. To me it just oozed chocolate.
External Reviews for Decoy Zinfandel Napa
Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Nicely stated themes of ripe blackberries are met in the nose by touches of briar and milk chocolate and continue on into the wine's like-minded flavors. Medium-full-bodied and nicely balanced on the palate, this one flirts with a scant bit of finishing heat but in the end wins the nod for its continuity and fine varietal focus.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.
For the first time Duckhorn vineyards bottled a varietally labeled Zinfandel and it's a real winner. Since they have access to such prime vineyards and top quality fruit, I guess it's no surprise. This zesty Zin scored 92 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine who said "This wonderful wine showcases the blender’s art. The grapes come from 11 appellations throughout the valley, and the wine, while notable for its delicious flavors, also is great in structure. It has soft tannins and refreshing acidity, and is entirely dry, with moderate alcohol. Those flavors include raspberry jam, cherry-vanilla cream, cinnamon and white pepper. So easy to like." View the complete Decoy 2008 Zinfandel, Napa Valley review in Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Buying Guide