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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.
Today, winemaker Bill Nancarrow – a Kiwi who honed his skills in vineyards and wineries in Europe, South Africa, and his native New Zealand – oversees production of all the Duckhorn labels. He’s furthering Duckhorn’s original focus of committing to the finest fruit with an emphasis on site and terroir. Bill now has seven distinctive estate vineyards from across the Napa Valley over which he waves his winemakers’ magic wand. With 200+ distinctive lots from those vineyards and a wildly ambitious oak aging regime that honors each varietals essential character, Duckhorn has the proverbial pedal to the metal and it doesn’t look like they’re letting it up any time soon.
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Current Offerings From Duckhorn:
2012 Duckhorn Vineyards 'Stout Vineyard' Merlot Napa ValleyStout Vineyard is up on Howell Mountain and was acquired by Duckhorn in 1998, and the Merlot it produced is brimming with chocolate, tobacco, prune and dried cherry flavors...
2012 Duckhorn Vineyards Proprietary Red Howell Mountain...this wine is all about cherry liqueur and fresh-ground cinnamon overlaying a juicy core of Cabernet cassis and Merlot raspberry jam...
2014 Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon Red MountainFrom Red Mountain, Washington State’s most revered AVA, comes this sweet-fruited, juicy Cab with notes of blueberries, minerals, and huckleberry...
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