Duckhorn Paraduxx United States California Napa County Ml 2005

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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 ... Read more

plumy but very balanced with acid and tannin. well structured. could age a bit, but is very enjoyable and flavorful now. Read more

Nose: lots of fruit. hints of marshmallows and chocolate, sort of like 'smores. Flavor Profile: Good acid and lots of fruit. a little bit of clari... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Duckhorn Paraduxx United States California Napa County Ml

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065202,542
3.00 5
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


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Snooth User: akops41
30190550
5.00 5
12/21/2007

plumy but very balanced with acid and tannin. well structured. could age a bit, but is very enjoyable and flavorful now.


Snooth User: run34515
3044695
4.00 5
09/04/2007

Nose: lots of fruit. hints of marshmallows and chocolate, sort of like 'smores. Flavor Profile: Good acid and lots of fruit. a little bit of clarified butter. Finishes with skittles, strong tannins, and undertones of leather and cooked meat.


3.50 5
05/12/2008

Raspberry jam on the nose -- black fruit palate. It's quite tight and could use a few more years to mature fully. Leathery finish.


4.00 5
05/22/2008

Complex and varied nose and palate. I taste spice and mellow red fruit, raspberries and cherries. A bright and refreshing wine with presentable oak, medium acidity and body. Smooth tannins.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,415
3.50 5
05/11/2008

Got aromas of vanilla, oak, caramel with red fruit (cherry) and plum. Soft tannins and acidity. Usually not a fan of merlot based wines but this is a good wine.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,415
2.50 5
01/01/2009

Tasted blinded at Snooth panel tasting and was very disappointed. My notes had notes like: unbalanced, short finish, peppermint tic-tacs, lacking in acid. Was very surprised this came from Duckhorn.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,415
3.00 5
05/11/2008

Soft, supple wine with good tannins. Aromas (and taste) of caramel, spice with black fruit and current. Note: I seem to get a lot of caramel / spice from Duckhorn wines.


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External Reviews for Duckhorn Paraduxx United States California Napa County Ml

11/13/2010

Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Sweet oak abounds in the caramelly, coffee-tinged nose of this outgoing opus as does plenty of concentrated black-cherry fruit, and the wine's very deep, fruit-laden flavors do not disappoint. More about balance and careful crafting than it is about out-and-out strength, the wine is as polished as it is rich and is so very easy to taste even now. That said, this is no simple gulper meant for the near term, and, instead of signaling a short life span, its finesse and fine structure ensure that it will develop for a number of years.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


External Review
01/18/2009

Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 94Deeply impressive on every level, from the profound, inviting aromas of currants and fine oak to the mouthfeel, which is plush and important. Encased in a superb structure of acidity and firm tannins are ripe, complex flavors of currants, violets, olive tapenade and oatmeal raisin cookies. Completely dry, this beautiful wine should age well for six years or more.


External Review
05/19/2010

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External Review
01/18/2009

Wine Tasting NotesOur Napa Valley Merlot is blended to offer the complexity and balance of a young wine, while embodying the diversity of the whole Napa Valley appellation. This wine is full-bodied with bright fruit and well-integrated tannins that lead to a lingering finish. The aroma is layered with raspberry and cherry, accented by notes of toasted oak, dried herbs, vanilla, and green olive. The flavors are ripe with blackberry and black cherry followed by spicy notes of clove, mint, and black pepper.


External Review
06/11/2011

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. We were able to acquire a small amount of this 2005 Duckhorn Merlot, and it’s simply superb. A richly layered wine through a blend of 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Each lot is vinified and aged separately for 16 months in oak barrels. Then the wines are tasted and the final blend is put back in barrel for another 2 months. It shows ripe berry notes tinged with vanilla and hints of minerals and mint. Sinewy but supple and very long on the finish. Limited. View the complete Duckhorn Vineyards 2005 Merlot, Napa Valley review in Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Buying Guide


External Review
11/09/2008

11% Cabernet Sauvignon; 7% Petit Verdot; 7% Cab. Franc. Of the three Duckhorn Merlots tasted this month, this one stands just a slight bit apart from the others by dint of the suggestions of mint, heather and dried herbs that bring a different twist of complexity to its aromas. It is, however, very much in step with its kin when it comes its ripeness and very rich, cherry-like fruit, and, but for an undisguised flare of finishing heat, it would join its siblings with a two-star award.


External Review
02/19/2010

Backordered. Due in March 19th. Reserve Yours Today! Probably the most famous and celebrated Merlot that Napa Valley produces, Duckhorn Three Palms Vineyard is a true testament to the quality and character that Merlot can achieves in this ideal microclimate. A blend of 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot that is aged 20 months in all new French oak barrels. Wine Enthusiast Magazine rated this 2005 94 points and said “Duckhorn’s Three Palms bottling is one of the oldest and most consistent Merlot vineyard designations in California and this is a classic example. The wine always is very tannic. But the ’05 is dry and rich and complex in mineral-laden cherries and currants, with just the right application of new oak. You can decant it now for several hours and enjoy with a dramatically charred steak, but it will develop beautifully through 2011, at least.” Limited. This item excluded from any other discounts or offers beyond the 15% case discount.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Why? The #1 most highly-sought-after collector Merlot in America has just been released so don�t miss this special offer for Porthos Insiders only! Porthos INSIDER SCOOP: This wine has been a �cult� collector favorite since the 1970�s and embodies a true Bordeaux blend that reminds us of the finest age-worthy wines from the �right bank� villages of St. Emillion or Pomerol. The 2004 vintage consists of 75% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and 7% Cabernet Franc. We guarantee that any collector that enjoys �Bordeaux� style, elegant red wines will fall in love with this gem. PORTHOS Tastes: This vintage has well integrated, plush tannins and an extravagant layer of perfectly-integrated oak. A bounty of flavors that include semi-sweet chocolate, mint, dried cherry, and complex minerality complemented by toasty oak and creamy vanilla. For my tastes, I believe this wine will peak around 2014, but if you cannot wait that long I encourage you to pop that cork tonight and, after decanting 2 � 3 hours (seriously), enjoy this brilliant experience in all its grandeur! Comments from Duckhorn�s Winemaker: This concentrated wine has a velvety texture, bright acidity, and firm, well-integrated tannins. The aroma is layered with red fruit, dried herbs, allspice, vanilla bean, and a hint of dust. On the palate, the flavors are dominated by dark red fruits, including ripe strawberries and dried cherries, with inviting accents of toasted oak, chocolate, and spice. Full Tasting Notes: TASTING NOTES: �Elegant fruit that blends together harmoniously with complex flavors including light strawberries, lavender and spice. Includes an elegant layer of soft oak and plush tannins on the smooth finish. Will drink well for 5 more years, peaking around 2011. Decant 2 hours if uncorking prior to 2010." IDEAL FOOD PAIRINGS � Grilled Lamb with rosemary � Roast Pork loin with tarragon and a light creamy mushroom sauce BRIEF HISTORY In 1976, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn, along with 10 other families, purchased the 10-acre lot that is now home to Duckhorn Winery. The very first harvest in 1978 consisted of 26 tons and two bottlings, a Merlot and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Today Duckhorn Vineyards has grown to a crush capacity of 1,100 tons, represented by nine unique bottlings. Mark Beringer, now winemaker for Duckhorn Vineyards joined the family in 1992 as assistant wine maker. He has focused his attention on producing wines that are elegant, with exceptional depth and character that will allow both short and long-term cellaring. Duckhorn Vineyard�s intention over the next several years is to elevate the estate vineyard holdings to approximately 75% of total fruit sourced by the winery. This commitment to vineyard ownership marks their dedication to becoming an "Estate Grown" winery and continuing their reputation as the #1 Merlot producer in America. FUN FACTS The 2003 �Three Palms� is actually a traditional Bordeaux-style �field blend� that captures a mixture of all the grape varietals grown in this famous vineyard. The famed Three Palms vineyard is distinctive for it�s three old Palm trees that form a triangle in the center of the vineyard on the Napa Valley floor. Duckhorn�s �Three Palms� red wine has been a �cult� collector favorite since the 1970�s and embodies a true Bordeaux-style blend that reminds us of the finest age-worthy wines from the �right bank� villages of St. Emillion or Pomerol. Widely considered a Napa �First Growth� (but only _ the price of Bordeaux!), the 2004 Duckhorn �Three Palms� is a blend of 75% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec.

Why? The #1 most highly-sought-after collector Merlot in America has just been released so don�t miss this special offer for Porthos Insiders only! Porthos INSIDER SCOOP: This wine has been a �cult� collector favorite since the 1970�s and embodies a true Bordeaux blend that reminds us of the finest age-worthy wines from the �right bank� villages of St. Emillion or Pomerol. The 2004 vintage consists of 75% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and 7% Cabernet Franc. We guarantee that any collector that enjoys �Bordeaux� style, elegant red wines will fall in love with this gem. PORTHOS Tastes: This vintage has well integrated, plush tannins and an extravagant layer of perfectly-integrated oak. A bounty of flavors that include semi-sweet chocolate, mint, dried cherry, and complex minerality complemented by toasty oak and creamy vanilla. For my tastes, I believe this wine will peak around 2014, but if you cannot wait that long I encourage you to pop that cork tonight and, after decanting 2 � 3 hours (seriously), enjoy this brilliant experience in all its grandeur! Comments from Duckhorn�s Winemaker: This concentrated wine has a velvety texture, bright acidity, and firm, well-integrated tannins. The aroma is layered with red fruit, dried herbs, allspice, vanilla bean, and a hint of dust. On the palate, the flavors are dominated by dark red fruits, including ripe strawberries and dried cherries, with inviting accents of toasted oak, chocolate, and spice. Full Tasting Notes: TASTING NOTES: �Elegant fruit that blends together harmoniously with complex flavors including light strawberries, lavender and spice. Includes an elegant layer of soft oak and plush tannins on the smooth finish. Will drink well for 5 more years, peaking around 2011. Decant 2 hours if uncorking prior to 2010." IDEAL FOOD PAIRINGS � Grilled Lamb with rosemary � Roast Pork loin with tarragon and a light creamy mushroom sauce BRIEF HISTORY In 1976, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn, along with 10 other families, purchased the 10-acre lot that is now home to Duckhorn Winery. The very first harvest in 1978 consisted of 26 tons and two bottlings, a Merlot and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Today Duckhorn Vineyards has grown to a crush capacity of 1,100 tons, represented by nine unique bottlings. Mark Beringer, now winemaker for Duckhorn Vineyards joined the family in 1992 as assistant wine maker. He has focused his attention on producing wines that are elegant, with exceptional depth and character that will allow both short and long-term cellaring. Duckhorn Vineyard�s intention over the next several years is to elevate the estate vineyard holdings to approximately 75% of total fruit sourced by the winery. This commitment to vineyard ownership marks their dedication to becoming an "Estate Grown" winery and continuing their reputation as the #1 Merlot producer in America. FUN FACTS The 2003 �Three Palms� is actually a traditional Bordeaux-style �field blend� that captures a mixture of all the grape varietals grown in this famous vineyard. The famed Three Palms vineyard is distinctive for it�s three old Palm trees that form a triangle in the center of the vineyard on the Napa Valley floor. Duckhorn�s �Three Palms� red wine has been a �cult� collector favorite since the 1970�s and embodies a true Bordeaux-style blend that reminds us of the finest age-worthy wines from the �right bank� villages of St. Emillion or Pomerol. Widely considered a Napa �First Growth� (but only _ the price of Bordeaux!), the 2004 Duckhorn �Three Palms� is a blend of 75% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec.

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