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Merlot Wines Duckhorn Howell Merlot Duckhorn Howell Merlot 2003

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Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot To make a Merlot that could compete with the great Merlot-based wines of the right bank of Bordeaux, we began by sourcing fruit grown primarily in alluvial soils, those with high water drainage and little topsoil. This type of soil produces intense fruit that translates into aromatic and complex wines. Our Napa Valley Merlot is a blend of several individual vineyard lots. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and occasionally Petit Verdot make up the final blend. We keep each individual vineyard lot separate through the fermentation and barrel-aging process. After roughly 16 months in oak, the various lots are evaluated and blended, then put back in the barrel to marry for an additional two months. The bright fruit and forward nature of our Napa Valley Merlot pairs well with grilled meats and wild game, wild berry sauces, hearty pasta dishes and Pacific Northwest salmon. 2003 81% Merlot 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Petit Verdot 4% Cabernet Franc Drink now through 2011

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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.

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External Review
09/15/2009

Reminds me of the ?97, a very ripe but very tannic wine that didn?t offer much early on. The tannins on the ?03 are bigtime astringent, locking down the palate, but oodles of ripely sweet cherry and cedar flavors tease. Best after 2008.


External Review
10/15/2009

Half-Bottle, 375ml Not just an entrepreneur but a true visionary, Dan Duckhorn was the first Napa winemaker to see the potential for Merlot as not just something to blend with Cabernet but as the primary grape in a great Napa Valley wine. He founded his winery on that premise and the rest is history. No other Merlot from California has achieved the success, the accolades or the following that Duckhorn enjoys. The wines are always highly allocated and snapped up by legions of loving admirers. We were able to acquire a small quantity of these 2003 Duckhorn Merlot half-bottles. This is a blend of 81% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Each lot is vinified and aged separately for 16 months in oak barrels. Then the wines are tasted and the final blend is put back in barrel for another 2 months. It's showing beautiful developement and complexity from the additional bottle age its received; mocha, black cherry, graphite and pipe tobacco nuances are offered up with silky smoothness and and delightfully lingering finish. Limited. 375ml not sponsored by or affiliated with The Wine Spectator, The Wine Advocate or the International Wine Cellar. This item excluded from any other discounts or offers beyond the 15% case discount.


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05/14/2009

Bright ruby-red. Exotic black cherry, dark chocolate, menthol, mint and truffle on the nose. Sweet, lush and pliant, with flavors of currant, chocolate, truffle, smoke, earth and oak. Finishes with dusty, slightly dry-edged but ripe tannins and a sug... Stephen Tanzer. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2003 Duckhorn Merlot 750ml


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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine & Spirits ReviewThis tastes like bittersweet chocolate when first poured, emphasizing oak over fruit. It turns more vinous with air, as the richness moves toward a fresh tobacco scent and the texture becomes increasingly luscious: chocolate bliss with cherries underneath. There's enough sex appeal and length of flavor to make it more than a one-glass wonder. Serve it with roast wild turkey.


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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine & Spirits ReviewDuckhorn 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
02/08/2013

A richly concentrated yet supple wine, with plush blackberry and mocha aromas. There are flavors of ripe black currant and cedar that lead into a finish that present tannins that are firm and dusty.



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Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot To make a Merlot that could compete with the great Merlot-based wines of the right bank of Bordeaux, we began by sourcing fruit grown primarily in alluvial soils, those with high water drainage and little topsoil. This type of soil produces intense fruit that translates into aromatic and complex wines. Our Napa Valley Merlot is a blend of several individual vineyard lots. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and occasionally Petit Verdot make up the final blend. We keep each individual vineyard lot separate through the fermentation and barrel-aging process. After roughly 16 months in oak, the various lots are evaluated and blended, then put back in the barrel to marry for an additional two months. The bright fruit and forward nature of our Napa Valley Merlot pairs well with grilled meats and wild game, wild berry sauces, hearty pasta dishes and Pacific Northwest salmon. 2003 81% Merlot 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Petit Verdot 4% Cabernet Franc Drink now through 2011

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