Duckhorn Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot

9.164 ratings
9.24 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
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
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).

1 person found it helpfulJun 9th, 2020
Tom Casagrande

I WILL drink a fucking Merlot (if it’s Duckhorn). Dark, ripe, plummy fruit, dark roasted herbs, and deep gravelly-ness. Very clingy and savory. Great purity and length. I have missed out by not buying good Cali Merlot for a long time.

I WILL drink a fucking Merlot (if it’s Duckhorn). Dark, ripe, plummy fruit, dark roasted herbs, and deep gravelly-ness. Very clingy and savory. Great purity and length. I have missed out by not buying good Cali Merlot for a long time.

1 person found it helpfulMay 19th, 2019
Jeremy.Buss

A pre-Mothers day meal that included an experiment of smoked fish and this was one of the two bottles we decided to pair. While it may not have matched the rub spices exactly, this bottle rarely (if ever) is a poor choice. A classic that we will keep having in the future.

A pre-Mothers day meal that included an experiment of smoked fish and this was one of the two bottles we decided to pair. While it may not have matched the rub spices exactly, this bottle rarely (if ever) is a poor choice. A classic that we will keep having in the future.

May 8th, 2022
Yi-Fen Li

Thanksgiving 2021 red (duckhorn paired with 北京🦆)

Thanksgiving 2021 red (duckhorn paired with 北京🦆)

Nov 26th, 2021
Jeremy.Buss

Still learning to enjoy Merlot and Duckhorn is one of my favs!! Love the spices, dark berries, modest tannins.

Still learning to enjoy Merlot and Duckhorn is one of my favs!! Love the spices, dark berries, modest tannins.

Feb 13th, 2021
Matt Harwood

Fine.

Fine.

Dec 28th, 2020
eamon gallagher

Tasty, a bit smokey.

Tasty, a bit smokey.

Dec 25th, 2020
Mark

A little flat

A little flat

Dec 20th, 2020
Justin Payne

2016
Once it opens up, which takes about an hour, it’s full of complex notes.

2016
Once it opens up, which takes about an hour, it’s full of complex notes.

Dec 20th, 2020