Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown 2006

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As the debut vintage of our Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine was blended to showcase the structure and c...

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Black cherry, vanilla, tobacco leaf, herbs, earth, and a touch of French oak are all nicely balanced. This is seamless on entry with excellent pur... Read more

Quite floral black fruit nose alongside earthier aromas and black olives. Flavors are brighter, red fruit with powdered sugar, big tannins and a lo... Read more

Chocolate covered strawberry aromas make way for a tasty wine, rich and rewarding, the acidity is well in balance with the alcohol, there's loads o... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
12/14/2009

Black cherry, vanilla, tobacco leaf, herbs, earth, and a touch of French oak are all nicely balanced. This is seamless on entry with excellent purity of black cherry fruit. The acidity creeps up on you a little but the fruit is very precise and fresh with lovely suggestions of herb and tomato with fine shadings of cigarbox and cedar. This is refined and elegant with excellent length in a surprisingly fresh and juicy style that really highlights the red fruits. 93pts


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3.50 5
09/22/2009

Quite floral black fruit nose alongside earthier aromas and black olives. Flavors are brighter, red fruit with powdered sugar, big tannins and a long finish.


4.00 5
12/12/2009

Chocolate covered strawberry aromas make way for a tasty wine, rich and rewarding, the acidity is well in balance with the alcohol, there's loads of spice and a good backbone of tannin. A confident wine.


4.00 5
09/22/2009

Bright, lovely fruit, drying but balanced tannins, great acidity, ripe red fruit, good spice and a long warm finish.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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4.00 5
03/31/2010

Thick and dark, cherry creeps in with other blackfruits and blueberries on the release. Also gives mint and cardemom in the nose


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,528
2.50 5
03/31/2010

Smooth aroma with oak, herbs, melon. Chalky. Long body, a bit sharp, bitter aftertaste


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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4.00 5
04/02/2010

berry filled jammy aromas. palate offers loads of dark fruit, cassis, black currants with sweet jam-like combinations, silky smooth mouthfeel


Snooth User: John Andrews
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3.50 5
05/14/2008

Wow ... in the tradition of first growth French wines, this is Duckhorn's second label. Maybe it's because I'm on my second glass but I really, really like this wine. Not overly complex but great balance and it hits the spot for a Tuesday night.


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External Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown

07/05/2011

"Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. It is a difficult if wholly enjoyable task to pick a clear favorite


07/05/2011

"Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. 2006 has been a bit uneven as far as Cabernet is concerned


07/05/2011

"Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. If arguably a slightly smaller scaled wine than its more opulent mates


07/05/2011

"Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Attractive highlights of root beer sweetness and spice serve to enrich themes of currants and raspberries first in this wine's very deep and well-extracted aromas and again in its moderately rich flavors. However appealing


07/05/2011

"Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. A long-time winner when it comes to Merlot


11/13/2010

Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. 2006 has been a bit uneven as far as Cabernet is concerned, but this deep and beautifully made offering reminds again of the folly in dismissing any vintage out of hand. Supple and forthrightly fruity with plenty of sweet oak and a fine sense of reserve, it is at once open and built for the cellar with long, layered flavors. Its fine-grained tannins provide just the right bit of grip, and its impressions of proportion make it a sure bet to improve for many years.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


11/13/2010

Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. A long-time winner when it comes to Merlot, Duckhorn still ranks among the best. Rich, ripe and juicy with plenty of vanillin oak sweetening its way, this well-extracted offering shows off the varietal's supple side and yet sports a fairly firm underpinning of grippy young tannins. While it has just enough frontal richness to allow early drinking with heartier cuts of beef, this wine will show far better if given a chance to develop, and it should be left alone for four or five years.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


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Winemaker's Notes:

The unique climate and soils on Howell Mountain are the key to the appellation’s success in producing powerful, age-worthy wines. Duckhorn Vineyards has sourced grapes from this distinctive region for more than a quarter century and has crafted a Howell Mountain bottling since 1989. Over the years, we have increased our commitment to this appellation with the purchase of two spectacular vineyards, Candlestick Ridge (28 acres) and Stout Ranch (36 acres). To encourage further complexity, we bottle-age this wine a year longer than our other wines prior to release. As a result, our Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon offers excellent structure and deep color. This wine is suitable for long-term cellaring.

Tasting Notes:

As the debut vintage of our Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine was blended to showcase the structure and complexity of Cabernet Sauvignon from this storied winegrowing region. Crafted around a core of older vine fruit from our Stout Vineyard, there is an unmistakable wildness to this wine with wild berry layers supported by earthy undertones, fresh herb layers of mint, eucalyptus and sage, and an oak-inspired note of coconut macaroon. A study in power and restraint, this mountain-grown wine is broad and lush on the palate with a big, yet elegant, finish.

The unique climate and soils on Howell Mountain are the key to the appellation’s success in producing powerful, age-worthy wines. Duckhorn Vineyards has sourced grapes from this distinctive region for more than a quarter century and has crafted a Howell Mountain bottling since 1989. Over the years, we have increased our commitment to this appellation with the purchase of two spectacular vineyards, Candlestick Ridge (28 acres) and Stout Ranch (36 acres). To encourage further complexity, we bottle-age this wine a year longer than our other wines prior to release. As a result, our Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon offers excellent structure and deep color. This wine is suitable for long-term cellaring.

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2,941 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Aged 20 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% French oak château-style barrels (60 Gallons) Barrel Aging: 20 Months Age of Barrels: 80% New, 20% Second Vintage

Chemical Analysis:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.56
Total Acidity: .66 grams per liter

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