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Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine displays all of the benefits of slow, even ripening during a mild growing season. Though there is fullness and a lush character to this Merlot, there is also restraint and elegance. Promising aromas of cherry, red plum, raspberry, and dried herbs lead to a clean fresh entry with impeccably balanced acidity supporting intense red fruit flavors of cranberry, plum and raspberry. Round, supple tannins provide an enticing framework for the flavors and contribute to a lingering finish.

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.

Member Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown

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

Medium dark ruby color; French oak, vanilla, berry, black fruit, sweet coffee nose; rich, ripe black fruit, berry, espresso palate; medium-plus finish. (84% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc; 16 mos. in 100% French oak, 20% new, 80% second vintage; 14.5% alcohol) 92 points


Snooth User: Stallion
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4.00 5
08/18/2013

Very few vineyards do Merlot as good as Duckhorn. Another fantastic year here! Soft and supple with wonderful structure. It comes alive in the glass after a short period of time. Very rounded with wonderful dark fruit accents on the mid and back end! Sideways has no clue...Drink a Duckhorn Merlot, and then we can talk! LOL! Cheers!


Snooth User: Epicurean Hedonist
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0.00 5
10/29/2012

Really damn good. Had a Ribeye steak (Delmonico) with grilled asparagus.


Snooth User: amlash
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3.50 5
09/09/2011

A nice easy going wine


Snooth User: Nickrueter
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4.50 5
05/12/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
03/27/2013

A lovely Merlot, this is pure, vibrant and elegant. It has classic cherry, red-currant and cedar flavors, and while there’s a sweetness at the core, the finish is thoroughly dry. Wonderful to drink now with steak or lamb.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/05/2012

Ripe to the point of overripe, with a sweet raisin edge to the blackberry flavor. Still, the structure is elegant, showing fine tannins and good balance. Probably best over the next 1-3 years. - S.H. Wine Enthusiast. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2009 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon 375ml


External Review
12/04/2012

Duckhorn Merlot is the 2009 is known for depth and structure, and the Magnum format makes for an excellent gift!


External Review
01/10/2013

A lovely Merlot, this is pure, vibrant and elegant. It has classic cherry, red-currant and cedar flavors, and while thereandrsquo;s a sweetness at the core, the finish is thoroughly dry. Wonderful to drink now with steak or lamb.


External Review
02/02/2012

For years now Duckhorn Vineyards has produced a Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend under the Decoy label, and Duckhorn fans have enjoyed its distinctive forward style and its first rate quality at a great price. Well the people at Duckhorn knew a good thing when they saw it, and they expanded the Decoy line into varietal wines like this lush Cabernet Sauvignon. Accessing prime grapes from vineyards throughout the Napa Valley they've created this value Cab that's pure Napa and drinking beautifully right now. Of course they blended in 18% Merlot (it is Duckhorn after all) and aged it in French oak for 12 months. All for Under $25. Don't Miss It!


External Review
01/24/2012

Promising aromas of cherry, red plum, raspberry, and dried herbs lead to a clean fresh entry with impeccably balanced acidity supporting intense red fruit flavors of cranberry, plum and raspberry. Round, supple tannins provide an enticing framework for the flavors and contribute to a lingering finish.


External Review
09/27/2011

This is a strongly flavored Cabernet. It has upfront blackberry and red cherry jam flavors, with some sweet spicy notes from French oak barrels. It's not a wine you want to age, but is smooth and flattering now.


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This wine displays all of the benefits of slow, even ripening during a mild growing season. Though there is fullness and a lush character to this Merlot, there is also restraint and elegance. Promising aromas of cherry, red plum, raspberry, and dried herbs lead to a clean fresh entry with impeccably balanced acidity supporting intense red fruit flavors of cranberry, plum and raspberry. Round, supple tannins provide an enticing framework for the flavors and contribute to a lingering finish.

Aged 15 months in French Oak.


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