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 cou...

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...Captivating nose of cassis, black cherry, bitter chocolate, tobacco and smoky, spicy oak. Generous and pliant; fat but with nicely restrained sw... Read more

Smooth and polished, with ripe, complex cherry, currant and berry notes that are elegant and refined. 602 cases made. –JL Wine Spectator. A Merlot ... Read more

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External Review
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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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/17/2009

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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43975 Snooth User: MeganRI
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Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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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