Duckhorn Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot

9.119 ratings
9.03 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

Duckhorn is always solid. But this ‘20 vintage struggled a bit out of the bottle. Overly tannic, unusual for this wine. I may have run into an off bottle. But with enough air the uniqueness of this great Merlot still came around. To be revisited.

Duckhorn is always solid. But this ‘20 vintage struggled a bit out of the bottle. Overly tannic, unusual for this wine. I may have run into an off bottle. But with enough air the uniqueness of this great Merlot still came around. To be revisited.

Apr 10th, 2023
Sipping Fine Wine

Blend of 80% Merlot, 17% Cab Sauv, 2% Cab Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, deep Ruby with aromas of rich berry fruit and earthy spice tones. On the palate flavors of rich blackberry and black cherry with sweet spice, licorice and cacao notes. Fine tannins, long finish ending with oak and mineral character. Good to drink now, will age some.

Blend of 80% Merlot, 17% Cab Sauv, 2% Cab Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, deep Ruby with aromas of rich berry fruit and earthy spice tones. On the palate flavors of rich blackberry and black cherry with sweet spice, licorice and cacao notes. Fine tannins, long finish ending with oak and mineral character. Good to drink now, will age some.

Dec 27th, 2022
Jess

Deep ruby color.
Aromas of spice, black plum, black cherry, black raspberry.
Dry. Flavors of black cherry, plum, raspberry, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, woody finish. Medium-rich, chewy tannins.

Intensity: 4/5
Complexity: 3/5
Balance: 4/5
Finish: 4/5

Deep ruby color.
Aromas of spice, black plum, black cherry, black raspberry.
Dry. Flavors of black cherry, plum, raspberry, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, woody finish. Medium-rich, chewy tannins.

Intensity: 4/5
Complexity: 3/5
Balance: 4/5
Finish: 4/5

Jan 17th, 2024
Neal Ferry

This worked well with a spicy green chicken burrito

This worked well with a spicy green chicken burrito

Nov 29th, 2023
Joe Fischer

Tonight we did a Napa merlot tasting with our Spaghetti dinner. 2020 Duckhorn’s Napa Merlot against 2019 Whitehall Lane Merlot. The Duckhorn was deep ruby with a dark cherry and plum or pomegranate aroma. On the bud, dark berries, cedar, and a spice note. On the finish, it has the slightest bite. You have to wait till tomorrow for the winner. Our winner is the Whitehall. Note the this is $40 at the winery while the Duckhorn is $58.

Tonight we did a Napa merlot tasting with our Spaghetti dinner. 2020 Duckhorn’s Napa Merlot against 2019 Whitehall Lane Merlot. The Duckhorn was deep ruby with a dark cherry and plum or pomegranate aroma. On the bud, dark berries, cedar, and a spice note. On the finish, it has the slightest bite. You have to wait till tomorrow for the winner. Our winner is the Whitehall. Note the this is $40 at the winery while the Duckhorn is $58.

Apr 20th, 2023
AEL
8.8

Maybe just an off night, but I found this a bit closed. Usual profile, but muted.

Maybe just an off night, but I found this a bit closed. Usual profile, but muted.

Mar 18th, 2023
Brent S

Brent had this 8 months ago

Brent had this 8 months ago

Jun 23rd, 2023
J Seis
9.1

J had this 4 days ago

J had this 4 days ago

Feb 25th, 2024
Ally Youngdahl

Ally had this 9 days ago

Ally had this 9 days ago

Feb 20th, 2024
Marc Ouellette

Marc had this 14 days ago

Marc had this 14 days ago

Feb 16th, 2024