Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown 1985

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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 sour...

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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. Read more

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 si... Read more

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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.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/17/2009

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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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.

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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