Duckhorn Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot

9.11657 ratings
9.0161 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Boris Mathiszik

Solid as all the other Duckhorn Merlots. At the end of the day, this is the best Merlot producer in America. Love the texture and the fine balance between fruit and minerals. Subtle tannins. Elegant.

Solid as all the other Duckhorn Merlots. At the end of the day, this is the best Merlot producer in America. Love the texture and the fine balance between fruit and minerals. Subtle tannins. Elegant.

Aug 8th, 2020
Daniel P. Drake

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of eating out in Chicago on the river and enjoyed this 2017 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot. From Napa Valley this blend is 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Everything is all outside, no dining in and social distancing is a must, though masks are optional out doors and waitstaff has to wear the masks.

On the nose was black cherry, raspberry, black plums, tobacco, chocolate, rose petals and dusty earth.

On the palate there is beautiful fruit, black cherry, black plum, raspberry, cocoa, licorice, red currant, vanilla, spice and dusty earth.

The wine is medium to full bodied that has a creamy, silky smooth mouth feel with medium to medium + acidity and medium + fine tannins that leads into a long fresh fruit finish. A very enjoyable bottle of wine that went very well with my NY Strip. I hope everyone is well and healthy? Please stay safe and continued health. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of eating out in Chicago on the river and enjoyed this 2017 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot. From Napa Valley this blend is 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Everything is all outside, no dining in and social distancing is a must, though masks are optional out doors and waitstaff has to wear the masks.

On the nose was black cherry, raspberry, black plums, tobacco, chocolate, rose petals and dusty earth.

On the palate there is beautiful fruit, black cherry, black plum, raspberry, cocoa, licorice, red currant, vanilla, spice and dusty earth.

The wine is medium to full bodied that has a creamy, silky smooth mouth feel with medium to medium + acidity and medium + fine tannins that leads into a long fresh fruit finish. A very enjoyable bottle of wine that went very well with my NY Strip. I hope everyone is well and healthy? Please stay safe and continued health. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Jun 20th, 2020
Jonathan Wall

If you talk Merlot it’s either: better or not as good as Duckhorn. And only the greats are worthy as better. The ‘16 is deep and long. But needed lots of air to open new dimensions (second night was best). I’ll try to wait about 5 years for the next bottle (nah).

If you talk Merlot it’s either: better or not as good as Duckhorn. And only the greats are worthy as better. The ‘16 is deep and long. But needed lots of air to open new dimensions (second night was best). I’ll try to wait about 5 years for the next bottle (nah).

Jun 9th, 2020
Ron R
9.3

Wow, Duckhorn Is back!
Mo and I aligned on the score. 2016 Merlot - Get some!!!

Wow, Duckhorn Is back!
Mo and I aligned on the score. 2016 Merlot - Get some!!!

Mar 18th, 2020
"Odedi"

Here is a beautiful Merlot for #MerlotThursday.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Strong fruity nose with black plums, black currants, coffee, cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, dark chocolates, coke, tobacco and alcohol.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, bitter herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with medium tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Merlot is always enjoyable, although very young. Needs 5 years in the bottle to mature properly.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (2 hours).

Tangy, spicy and tasty. Nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A nice sipping wine.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a beef burger and fries.

A blend of 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Malbec. Aged for 15 months in 40% new French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$45.

Here is a beautiful Merlot for #MerlotThursday.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Strong fruity nose with black plums, black currants, coffee, cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, dark chocolates, coke, tobacco and alcohol.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, bitter herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with medium tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Merlot is always enjoyable, although very young. Needs 5 years in the bottle to mature properly.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (2 hours).

Tangy, spicy and tasty. Nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A nice sipping wine.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a beef burger and fries.

A blend of 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Malbec. Aged for 15 months in 40% new French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$45.

Feb 20th, 2020
Bassel Sommelier

Lovely Merlot, the plum is a splash and very nicely structured

Lovely Merlot, the plum is a splash and very nicely structured

Feb 1st, 2020
Ron R
9.0

Good product. Solid presentation. Needs a little more weight on the mid palate.

Good product. Solid presentation. Needs a little more weight on the mid palate.

Jun 30th, 2019
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

9.3

Like a fine, aged right-banker. They don’t make them like this anymore.

Like a fine, aged right-banker. They don’t make them like this anymore.

Mar 17th, 2019
Ron R
9.2

After a period in the doldrums, I think Duckhorn is re-emerging. On day 3, this is still in a great place. Textured, balanced and complex. Plush tannins emerge along with bright acidity. This will take medium-term cellaring.

After a period in the doldrums, I think Duckhorn is re-emerging. On day 3, this is still in a great place. Textured, balanced and complex. Plush tannins emerge along with bright acidity. This will take medium-term cellaring.

Feb 18th, 2019
Boris Mathiszik

Duckhorn Merlot is always solid. Very consistent from vintage to vintage. Elegant.

Duckhorn Merlot is always solid. Very consistent from vintage to vintage. Elegant.

Jan 29th, 2019