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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
780161112,967
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
303324153
0.00 5
10/29/2012

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


Snooth User: amlash
41942123
3.50 5
09/09/2011

A nice easy going wine


Snooth User: wg3
60481121
4.00 5
04/02/2012

Four glasses


External Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
09/09/2011

t is rich and appealing with fragrant, lifted aromas of mulberry, raspberry and currant with hints of rhubarb and mocha. The soft-toned fruit flavors dominate the plush and inviting palate with engaging spice complexity. This supple and approachable wine has a lingering finish framed by structured tannins.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/22/2011

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2009 Decoy (Duckhorn) Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
11/22/2011

Though still in its youth, this is a wonderfully aromatic and fragrant wine, with vibrant, lifted aromas of spearmint, blackcurrant, violets, graham cracker and loganberry. On the palate, blackberry and blueberry flavors mingle with cocoa and cola notes.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/06/2011

The third vintage of the exciting new Decoy Cabernet from the renowned Duckhorn is here! Like all the grapes used to make wines in the Duckhorn Wine Company portfolio, fruit for the Decoy program comes from a mix of Estate vineyards and top independent growers. Reflecting the character of each growing season, the Decoy Napa Valley Cabernet is made to be opened and enjoyed upon release. It is rich and appealing with fragrant, lifted aromas of mulberry, raspberry and currant with hints of rhubarb and mocha. The soft-toned fruit flavors dominate the plush and inviting palate with engaging spice complexity. This supple and approachable wine has a lingering finish framed by structured tannins.


External Review
06/13/2012

Bright, lifted red fruit elements with darker, more extracted layers. This depth is on display in the aromatics, where notes of Asian spice, red current, 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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/15/2011

A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2009 Decoy (Duckhorn) Red Blend 750ml


External Review
10/31/2012

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


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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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