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The 2008 growing season has produced a particularly complex and complete expression of Napa Valley Merlot, combining ...Read more...
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
There was a very strong raisiny taste that I found off putting. Read more
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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% 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
There was a very strong raisiny taste that I found off putting.
Fabulous full bodied light red
External Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown
"Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Merlot's herbal
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.
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.
Astringently tannic, as Duckhornrsquo;s new red wines tend to be, but very rich, very ripe, and sweet enough in fruit and oak to drink now with a nice steak. Floods the mouth with blackberries, cassis, chocolate, violets, mushu plum sauce, licorice and cedar. Best now through 2012.
For such a large production wine, this Merlot has a lot going for it. Itrsquo;s full-bodied and rich in black currant, cherry, chocolate, violet, licorice and smoky oak flavors, with dense, intricate tannins. Probably best now through 2009, before it drops its fresh fruit.
As usual with Duckhornrsquo;s red wines, this Merlot is more tannic and acidic than most anything coming from Napa Valley. Theyrsquo;re emphasizing structure over decadence. But thatrsquo;s not to say there arenrsquo;t rich, elaborate berry, cherry, currant, chocolate and cedar flavors that provide bang for the buck. Very elegant and refined, this Merlot should be decanted before serving.
Their ldquo;regularrdquo; wine. packed with earth, plum and oak aromas, but fairly closed. in the mouth, therersquo;s fantastic density and concentration: a chewy wine that delivers plum and mocha flavors. The finish goes on forever. Should improve with a few years of age.
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.
Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic
25,280 cases produced.
Notes: 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons) Barrel Aging: 16 Months Age of Barrels: 20% new, 80% second vintage
|Total Acidity: .65 grams per liter|
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