2017 Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley

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If you’ve ever wondered why Duckhorn is justly famous for Merlot, here’s your chance to see why! Voluptuously built, studded with red cherries and whiffs of tobacco, tiramisu, and sumptuous black plums, this is downright scrumptious stuff, perfect for the Friday night reboot with a steak and a risotto.

As Duckhorn Vineyards approaches their 40th anniversary, the estate’s reputation has never been better. Ask any wine lover, and they’re sure to know the name Duckhorn. That’s at least due, in part, to their dedication to making great Merlot as a stand-out varietal wine from the beginning. They were the first house to take Merlot seriously, and their efforts were rewarded by essentially becoming the benchmark for that varietal in California. If there was going to be one high-end Merlot on a sommelier’s wine list, more often than not, it was Duckhorn. Dan and Margaret Duckhorn founded Duckhorn Vineyards in 1978 with several hundred cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and have long been recognized as one of Napa Valleys’ leading lights as a premier producer of Bordeaux varietal wines. Explore other brands from the Duckhorn Family including Paraduxx and Goldeneye

Varietal:
Merlot
Winemaker:
Renee Ary
Vintage:
2017
Aging:
15 months
Oak Treatment:
100% French Oak; 40% new, 60% neutral
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Malbec
Alcohol %:
14.5%
SKU #:
1041858
Size:
750 ml Bottle
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James Suckling

A nicely crafted 2017 red with berries, plums and hints of dark chocolate on the nose and palate. Medium body, creamy tannins and a savory finish. Pretty fruit at the end. Drink or hold.

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Wine Enthusiast

With dark fruit at its core, this wine offers thick, concentrated power alongside accents of sage and clove. The fruit is black cherry and plum, rich enough to be jammy, with plenty of support from toasted oak and baking spice nuances

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Wine & Spirits

Duckhorn takes rich and supple Napa Valley merlot in an elegant direction. While there may be a lot of juicy blackberry fruit, along with a toasty, smoky presence of oak, both of those elements serve to elevate the texture. Rather than complexity, this wine is all about supple pleasures, with nothing out of place.