Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown 2008

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Medium dark ruby color; vanilla, berry, black cherry nose; tasty, a little tight, blackberry, berry, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish. (86% M... Read more

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Snooth User: Richard Jennings
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4.00 5
04/11/2013

Medium dark ruby color; vanilla, berry, black cherry nose; tasty, a little tight, blackberry, berry, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish. (86% Merlot, 9.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc; 16 mos. in 100% French oak, 20% new, 80% second vintage; 14.5% alcohol) 92+ points


Snooth User: cgplayer9
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2.00 5
05/10/2012

There was a very strong raisiny taste that I found off putting.


Snooth User: barisgurerk
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01/04/2011

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Snooth User: traceyb
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4.50 5
08/17/2010

Fabulous full bodied light red


External Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown

11/12/2010

Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Even allowing that Cabernets as young as this are far from revealing all that they have, but, in this case, the wine seems a bit underfilled and its complements of green olives, dried leaves and bittersweet chocolate come without much fruity support. It begins with a spot of soft viscosity but picks up a tannic edge as its goes, and, if admittedly too young, it does not encourage great optimism about its future.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Merlot's herbal


11/12/2010

Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Merlot's herbal, slightly vegetal side is very much emphasized here, and the wine never finds the kind or degree of balancing fruit to be complete. It is a bit thin and puckery on the palate with acidity too closely aligned with undisguised tannin, and its dry, underfilled finish suggests the picture here will not improve all that much with time.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


External Review
09/27/2011

Mark Beringer took on Tom Rinaldi's role as director of winemaking at Duckhorn in 2000. But he hasn't changed the style of merlot Rinaldi made famous, and this release plays directly to the success of that style, one of the few merlots in Napa to emphasize the red fruit flavors and the tenderness of the grape. The warmth of the region shows in the alcohol, but the wine absorbs that, and ends feeling cool and fresh. The aromatics are delicate, melding red fruit and earthiness, the texture supple. Delicious now, it should grow more voluptuous and complex over the next several years.


External Review
07/11/2011

Reflective of the appellation, Duckhorn's Napa Valley Merlot is blended to offer the complexity and balance of a young wine. This vintage is full-bodied, layered with fruit and well-integrated tannins that lead to a lingering finish. The aroma is dominated by ripe fruit - blackberry, plum, and cherry - and is accented by notes of toasted oak, vanilla, cedar, and tobacco. The flavors are rich with chocolate, blackberry, blueberry, plum, cassis, white pepper and dried herbs.


External Review
09/27/2011

Duckhorn established this style of Napa Valley merlot years ago - soft, majestic, red-fruited wine. This vintage is rich in texture, bold in its floral scents of jasmine and strawberries. The oak flavors of the finish will meld into roast beef.


External Review
09/27/2011

Winemaker Tom Rinaldi blends for a more modulated ripeness in his Merlot, rather than pushing for a lush, blockbuster style. So in a wine like this '97, he's held onto the tender varietal expression of the grape, cool and firm. There's a lively and consistent ripeness from beginning to end, with the fresh flavor of bosky cherry and plum developing depth in the glass. This wine has a surety and length that grows directly out of Rinaldi's twenty-plus years of experience with Merlot at Duckhorn. Open a bottle with roast partridge or quail stuffed with dried cherries and morels.


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Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 growing season has produced a particularly complex and complete expression of Napa Valley Merlot, combining bright, lifted red fruit elements with darker, more extracted layers. This depth is on display in the aromatics, where notes of Asian spice, red currant, plum and blueberry crisp are supported by a subtle streak of earthiness. The palate is both velvety and balanced, with flavors that echo the aromas. These flavors are held together by granular tannins and accented by oak-inspired notes of molasses and nougat.

The 2008 growing season has produced a particularly complex and complete expression of Napa Valley Merlot, combining bright, lifted red fruit elements with darker, more extracted layers. This depth is on display in the aromatics, where notes of Asian spice, red currant, plum and blueberry crisp are supported by a subtle streak of earthiness. The palate is both velvety and balanced, with flavors that echo the aromas. These flavors are held together by granular tannins and accented by oak-inspired notes of molasses and nougat.

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Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic

25,280 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons) Barrel Aging: 16 Months Age of Barrels: 20% new, 80% second vintage

Chemical Analysis:

Total Acidity: .65 grams per liter

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