Decoy Red 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 94828
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WE90
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Winemaker's Notes

The 2005 season began with a wet winter and spring; annual rainfall totals were well above average. We had an ideal fruit set, which produced an abundant number of full grape clusters. As a result, the vintage yielded exceptional fruit for the season. The harvest lasted over two months—into the early days of November. In many ways the 2005 season was reminiscent of 1997, where we had an abundant harvest of remarkable quality.

This inviting wine is well-rounded with forward fruit balanced by smooth, supple tannins and a lingering finish. The aroma is approachable with black cherry, ripe berry, and floral notes of violet and rose petal. The flavors are ripe with fresh fruit including blackberry, black cherry, and cassis complemented by a spicy note of white pepper.

45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot 11% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot

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Mike Hines - Sammamish, WA (read all my reviews)

-- I have adjusted my scale since my last review! -- This wine has a nice young color that is worth 2 of 2, but there is nothing in the bouquet. Perhaps over-filtered? (2 of 4) The taste is Too dry and tart for my liking, and not enough body to blend well with the tannins. I think 11% Cabernet Franc was too much. As a result, not a terribly well balanced wine. Even lots of time to breathe didn't sort this one out. Not one I'd care to buy again. (2 of 10). Overall, Too dry, too thin, too flat, too short, which is too bad. (1 of 4) TOTAL: 7 of 20
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Learn About Decoy

Since the inaugural vintage of Decoy Napa Valley Red Wine more than 20 years ago, Decoy has taken an important place in the Duckhorn Wine Company family of wines. With a reputation for delivering great quality at a remarkable price, Decoy has established a loyal following for its distinctive style, which emphasizes ready-upon-release wines that are capable of expressing their full...

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Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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Winemaker's Notes A blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. This well structured ...
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