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Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown 2000

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Our Estate Grown Merlot represents over 20 years of research and experience with Napa Valley Merlot. From our first vintage in 1978, we knew that we were in uncharted territory—one of a few who had seriously considered producing a varietal Merlot. Our estate vineyards are located in the best alluvial fans of the Napa Valley starting with the Selby Creek fan in the north, moving to Ritchie Creek in St. Helena, and finishing with the Rector Creek fan in Yountville. The shallow topsoil and high water drainage of the alluvial soils force the vine to send roots deep in search of water. The rocks retain the day's heat bringing relief to the vine during the cold spring mornings and foggy summer nights. The grapes remain small and the leaf canopy restrained. Our Estate Grown Merlot is produced from the finest fruit, and is the pride of our Merlot portfolio. 100% Merlot

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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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Snooth User: John Andrews
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4.00 5
05/11/2008

Surprising wine for me. I'm not a huge fan of Merlot based wines but this one works for me. It has an earthiness to it with great tannin feel (even for an 8 year old wine) with nice dark fruit flavors. Great balance.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/16/2011

Well-centered, smooth, ripe and creamy, with vibrant, juicy currant, plum and wild berry fruit that's rich and focused. Long, luxurious finish. Drink now through 2009. 1,590 cases made. -JL Wine Spectator. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2000 Duckhorn Merlot Estate 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Good medium ruby. Black fruits, violet, smoked meat, dark chocolate and a hint of bell pepper on the nose. Firm-edged, fairly dense flavors of black plum, baking chocolate and fresh herbs offer a nicely restrained sweetness. Finishes with firm tannin... Stephen Tanzer. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2000 Duckhorn Merlot 3000ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Well-balanced, with a blend of ripe currant, plum, mocha-scented oak and hints of dusty herb and cedary oak. Finishes with ripe, supple tannins and good length. Drink now through 2008. 7,220 cases made. -JL Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2000 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/16/2011

Wonderful purity of flavors built around ripe, rich, plush plum, black cherry, blackberry and spice notes. Very complete and elegantly styled, finishing with a pretty gush of fruit and ripe, integrated tannins. Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2000 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml



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Our Estate Grown Merlot represents over 20 years of research and experience with Napa Valley Merlot. From our first vintage in 1978, we knew that we were in uncharted territory—one of a few who had seriously considered producing a varietal Merlot. Our estate vineyards are located in the best alluvial fans of the Napa Valley starting with the Selby Creek fan in the north, moving to Ritchie Creek in St. Helena, and finishing with the Rector Creek fan in Yountville. The shallow topsoil and high water drainage of the alluvial soils force the vine to send roots deep in search of water. The rocks retain the day's heat bringing relief to the vine during the cold spring mornings and foggy summer nights. The grapes remain small and the leaf canopy restrained. Our Estate Grown Merlot is produced from the finest fruit, and is the pride of our Merlot portfolio. 100% Merlot

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