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Paraduxx Red Ducks Blend Duckhorn 2005
Why? The #1 most highly-sought-after collector Merlot in America has just been released so don�t miss this special offer for Porthos Insiders only! Porthos INSIDER SCOOP: This wine has been a �cult� collector favorite since the 1970�s and embodies a true Bordeaux blend that reminds us of the finest age-worthy wines from the �right bank� villages of St. Emillion or Pomerol. The 2004 vintage consists of 75% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and 7% Cabernet Franc. We guarantee that any collector that enjoys �Bordeaux� style, elegant red wines will fall in love with this gem. PORTHOS Tastes: This vintage has well integrated, plush tannins and an extravagant layer of perfectly-integrated oak. A bounty of flavors that include semi-sweet chocolate, mint, dried cherry, and complex minerality complemented by toasty oak and creamy vanilla. For my tastes, I believe this wine will peak around 2014, but if you cannot wait that long I encourage you to pop that cork tonight and, after decanting 2 � 3 hours (seriously), enjoy this brilliant experience in all its grandeur! Comments from Duckhorn�s Winemaker: This concentrated wine has a velvety texture, bright acidity, and firm, well-integrated tannins. The aroma is layered with red fruit, dried herbs, allspice, vanilla bean, and a hint of dust. On the palate, the flavors are dominated by dark red fruits, including ripe strawberries and dried cherries, with inviting accents of toasted oak, chocolate, and spice. Full Tasting Notes: TASTING NOTES: �Elegant fruit that blends together harmoniously with complex flavors including light strawberries, lavender and spice. Includes an elegant layer of soft oak and plush tannins on the smooth finish. Will drink well for 5 more years, peaking around 2011. Decant 2 hours if uncorking prior to 2010." IDEAL FOOD PAIRINGS � Grilled Lamb with rosemary � Roast Pork loin with tarragon and a light creamy mushroom sauce BRIEF HISTORY In 1976, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn, along with 10 other families, purchased the 10-acre lot that is now home to Duckhorn Winery. The very first harvest in 1978 consisted of 26 tons and two bottlings, a Merlot and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Today Duckhorn Vineyards has grown to a crush capacity of 1,100 tons, represented by nine unique bottlings. Mark Beringer, now winemaker for Duckhorn Vineyards joined the family in 1992 as assistant wine maker. He has focused his attention on producing wines that are elegant, with exceptional depth and character that will allow both short and long-term cellaring. Duckhorn Vineyard�s intention over the next several years is to elevate the estate vineyard holdings to approximately 75% of total fruit sourced by the winery. This commitment to vineyard ownership marks their dedication to becoming an "Estate Grown" winery and continuing their reputation as the #1 Merlot producer in America. FUN FACTS The 2003 �Three Palms� is actually a traditional Bordeaux-style �field blend� that captures a mixture of all the grape varietals grown in this famous vineyard. The famed Three Palms vineyard is distinctive for it�s three old Palm trees that form a triangle in the center of the vineyard on the Napa Valley floor. Duckhorn�s �Three Palms� red wine has been a �cult� collector favorite since the 1970�s and embodies a true Bordeaux-style blend that reminds us of the finest age-worthy wines from the �right bank� villages of St. Emillion or Pomerol. Widely considered a Napa �First Growth� (but only _ the price of Bordeaux!), the 2004 Duckhorn �Three Palms� is a blend of 75% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec.
Leather and spicy blackberries on the nose. Beautifully dusty with rich fruits, this is a powerful wine. Hints of cocoa. Nice mouthfeel, although still tight on the finish, but I believe this will age well. Served with Petite Agour
Hot with a tight nose - this is a 15%+ wine. Cocoa and chocolate on the nose, but clearly not at its peak yet. Thick tannic finish a solid 4 today, with potential for more as it ages. Served with GranQueso
External Reviews for Paraduxx Red Ducks Blend Duckhorn
Backordered. Due in March 19th. Reserve Yours Today! Probably the most famous and celebrated Merlot that Napa Valley produces, Duckhorn Three Palms Vineyard is a true testament to the quality and character that Merlot can achieves in this ideal microclimate. A blend of 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot that is aged 20 months in all new French oak barrels. Wine Enthusiast Magazine rated this 2005 94 points and said “Duckhorn’s Three Palms bottling is one of the oldest and most consistent Merlot vineyard designations in California and this is a classic example. The wine always is very tannic. But the ’05 is dry and rich and complex in mineral-laden cherries and currants, with just the right application of new oak. You can decant it now for several hours and enjoy with a dramatically charred steak, but it will develop beautifully through 2011, at least.” Limited. This item excluded from any other discounts or offers beyond the 15% case discount.
This well-structured wine is smooth and full-bodied with a silky texture, balanced acids and ample age-worthy tannins. The aroma exudes bountiful layers of strawberry, raspberry and cherry, accented by black olive, almond, and spice. On the palate, the flavors mirror the lush and layered bouquet with abundant red fruit notes (noticeably strawberry and cherry), complemented by cedar and oak.
11% Cabernet Sauvignon; 7% Petit Verdot; 7% Cab. Franc. Of the three Duckhorn Merlots tasted this month, this one stands just a slight bit apart from the others by dint of the suggestions of mint, heather and dried herbs that bring a different twist of complexity to its aromas. It is, however, very much in step with its kin when it comes its ripeness and very rich, cherry-like fruit, and, but for an undisguised flare of finishing heat, it would join its siblings with a two-star award.
Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 94Deeply impressive on every level, from the profound, inviting aromas of currants and fine oak to the mouthfeel, which is plush and important. Encased in a superb structure of acidity and firm tannins are ripe, complex flavors of currants, violets, olive tapenade and oatmeal raisin cookies. Completely dry, this beautiful wine should age well for six years or more.
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