Duckhorn Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot

9.11521 ratings
9.0147 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
Ainsley Clement

Once this wine opened up after a 30 min decant, it was superb! Aromas of clay pot, leather, blackberries, cherries and spices. Palette was delighted with cherries, clay pot, fruitcake and anise. Supple tannins and medium acidity.

Once this wine opened up after a 30 min decant, it was superb! Aromas of clay pot, leather, blackberries, cherries and spices. Palette was delighted with cherries, clay pot, fruitcake and anise. Supple tannins and medium acidity.

Jan 2nd, 2019
Shay A
9.5

Jack & Arden put together a wonderful evening of delicious food and great wines, and a few of us attendees contributed some bottles to enjoy as well. Great night!

Served blind. My guess was left bank Bordeaux. This had some must to blow off but once it did, this was my WOTN. We were all surprised when this was revealed. Potpourri, herbs de Provence, and dried cranberry on the nose. Good weight...strawberry and raspberries, rose petal, old fig. Faint notes of leather. Thanks for bringing
@Arden Barnett

Jack & Arden put together a wonderful evening of delicious food and great wines, and a few of us attendees contributed some bottles to enjoy as well. Great night!

Served blind. My guess was left bank Bordeaux. This had some must to blow off but once it did, this was my WOTN. We were all surprised when this was revealed. Potpourri, herbs de Provence, and dried cranberry on the nose. Good weight...strawberry and raspberries, rose petal, old fig. Faint notes of leather. Thanks for bringing
@Arden Barnett

Dec 17th, 2018
Michael Chelus

Blackberry, raspberry, currant, dark chocolate, vanilla and oak. Good structure and moderate tannins.

Blackberry, raspberry, currant, dark chocolate, vanilla and oak. Good structure and moderate tannins.

Sep 30th, 2018
Boris Mathiszik

Smooth and layers of fruit. Very elegant. Great with a picnic at the Wedding Bowl in La Jolla where we got married on this day, 23 years ago.

Smooth and layers of fruit. Very elegant. Great with a picnic at the Wedding Bowl in La Jolla where we got married on this day, 23 years ago.

Sep 13th, 2018
"Odedi"

Time for #MerlotThursday... đŸ˜ƒ

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, cedar, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, eucalyptus, peppercorn, earth and black tea.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Merlot from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Rich and smooth. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.

I loved the nose here, and kept on smelling on it for a while. This is a Merlot for the Cabernet lover, with teeth staining color.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins. (60 minutes).

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 15 months in 25% new French Oak barrels.

Drank from a half a bottle. Delicious and yummy.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$55.

Time for #MerlotThursday... đŸ˜ƒ

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, cedar, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, eucalyptus, peppercorn, earth and black tea.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Merlot from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Rich and smooth. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.

I loved the nose here, and kept on smelling on it for a while. This is a Merlot for the Cabernet lover, with teeth staining color.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins. (60 minutes).

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 15 months in 25% new French Oak barrels.

Drank from a half a bottle. Delicious and yummy.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$55.

Aug 30th, 2018
Jeff D.

Soft, elegant, simple....still tend to lean towards the 3 Palms personally

Soft, elegant, simple....still tend to lean towards the 3 Palms personally

Aug 29th, 2018
Craig Stanfield

Very solid choice from the restaurant’s half bottle list. I wish more restaurants maintained half bottles. Perfect for when traveling and eating solo at the bar.

Very solid choice from the restaurant’s half bottle list. I wish more restaurants maintained half bottles. Perfect for when traveling and eating solo at the bar.

Aug 25th, 2018
Chris Harvey

The standard-bearer

The standard-bearer

May 27th, 2018
Gregg Gordon

Still the best goto Merlot out there

Still the best goto Merlot out there

Nov 24th, 2017
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

8.2

Drinkable, but well past prime.

Drinkable, but well past prime.

Aug 27th, 2017