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Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown 1997

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79% Merlot 16% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Cabernet Franc Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 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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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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11/28/2007

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External Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Smooth and polished, with ripe, complex cherry, currant and berry notes that are elegant and refined. 602 cases made. –JL Wine Spectator. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 1997 Duckhorn Merlot Estate 3000ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/22/2011

...Captivating nose of cassis, black cherry, bitter chocolate, tobacco and smoky, spicy oak. Generous and pliant; fat but with nicely restrained sweetness. Very good intensity and supporting structure. Still rather tight on the finish, which shows a ... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml



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79% Merlot 16% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Cabernet Franc Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 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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