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Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown 1985

Winemaker's Notes:

To make a Merlot that could compete with the great Merlot-based wines of the right bank of Bordeaux, we began by sourcing fruit grown primarily in alluvial soils, those with high water drainage and little topsoil. This type of soil produces intense fruit that translates into aromatic and complex wines. Our Napa Valley Merlot is a blend of several individual vineyard lots. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and occasionally Petit Verdot make up the final blend. We keep each individual vineyard lot separate through the fermentation and barrel-aging process. After roughly 16 months in oak, the various lots are evaluated and blended, then put back in the barrel to marry for an additional two months. The bright fruit and forward nature of our Napa Valley Merlot pairs well with grilled meats and wild game, wild berry sauces, hearty pasta dishes and Pacific Northwest salmon.

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.

Member Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown

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Snooth User: abithompson
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4.00 5
02/22/2010

We just opened a 6L of this the other night and it was beautiful - fruit still pretty juicy and well-balanced wtih dried fruit and leather notes.


Snooth User: abithompson
69349295
5.00 5
02/22/2010

Five glasses


External Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Massive and packed with mouthdrying tannins, but there's a big core of ripe cassis, cherry and plum fruit that's lively and intense. Despite its size, it has a measure of elegance and finesse. Just give it five years. Wine Spectator. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 1985 Duckhorn Merlot Three Palms Vineyard 750ml



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To make a Merlot that could compete with the great Merlot-based wines of the right bank of Bordeaux, we began by sourcing fruit grown primarily in alluvial soils, those with high water drainage and little topsoil. This type of soil produces intense fruit that translates into aromatic and complex wines. Our Napa Valley Merlot is a blend of several individual vineyard lots. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and occasionally Petit Verdot make up the final blend. We keep each individual vineyard lot separate through the fermentation and barrel-aging process. After roughly 16 months in oak, the various lots are evaluated and blended, then put back in the barrel to marry for an additional two months. The bright fruit and forward nature of our Napa Valley Merlot pairs well with grilled meats and wild game, wild berry sauces, hearty pasta dishes and Pacific Northwest salmon.

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