Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2001
Merlot from Napa Valley, California
Deep ruby color. Aromas of sweet strawberry jam, blackberry, black cherry, and blueberry fruits; it has a flinty mineral component and some vanilla. The core of the wine is of sweet blackberry fruit with custard and vanilla; round, lush tannins are well integrated.
"The 2001 Merlot Estate reveals similar coffee bean, red and black currant characteristics intermixed with notions of licorice, herbs and underbrush. Richer and slightly fuller-bodied than the regular Napa cuvee, it exhibits a more saturated plum/purple color, lots of dark fruits and a lush, full-bodied mouthfeel."
The Wine Advocate
"Graceful, delicious, complex and drinkable. Super-oaky, with vanilla, toast and wood spice, but the massive cherry and blackberry fruit easily absorbs it. The tannins are rich and ripe, forming a dusty coating that carries sweetness through the finish. Beautiful, extraordinary Napa Merlot."
"A rich and deftly balanced yet muscular red, with layers of complex currant, spice, wild berry and plum fruit that's focused and pure. Shows off a nice touch of cedary-vanilla oak, which adds a nice flavor dimension and the tannins add structure. Finishes with complexity and fine length."
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Founded in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley for over 30 years. This winemaking tradition has grown to include seven estate vineyards, located throughout the various microclimates of the Napa Valley. Focused on quality and consistency, these estate vineyards are an essential element in making wines of distinction. One of the first...
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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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No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...
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