2017 Duckhorn 'The Discussion' Proprietary Red Napa Valley

$149.95 $154.95

When you’re ready to have “the talk,” go for “The Discussion” instead. The Duckhorns and their winemaker had a long debate about varietal vs cuvee and this bottle is the “cuvee” crowd’s way of getting in the last word, evidence of what those gorgeous vines can do when they work together, for once.

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:
Proprietary Red
Winemaker:
Renée Ary
Vintage:
2017
Aging:
24 months
Oak Treatment:
18 months in new French oak followed by 6 months in neutral barrels
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol %:
14.5%
Score Wine Spectator:
94
SKU #:
1046955
Size:
750 ml Bottle
WS94

Wine Spectator

Juicy and well-defined, delivering ample range and length, this offers up cassis, crushed plum and red licorice flavors backed by roasted apple wood and red tea notes, all harnessed by a tug of iron through the well-structured finish. Should unwind nicely in the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2032. 2,684 cases made.