Duckhorn Napa Merlot 2004
from Napa Valley, California
Blend: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
This is a well-balanced wine with medium weight, beautiful texture, bright acid, and integrated,
supple tannins. The aroma is elegant, with elements of earth, black cherry, vanilla and clove,
accompanied by a slightly meaty character. On the palate, the wine is layered with rich fruit flavors,
most notably blueberry, blackberry, and plum, and accented by subtle notes of lavender and sage.
"There's a beautiful Merlot in here but you're going to have to paddle against the powerful tannins to find it. It brings to mind the old Duckhorn Three Palms Merlots, which were similarly tough and tannic in youth, but aged well. This wine is ripe in chocolate, blackberry, cassis, coconut macaroon and plum sauce flavors, but needs four or five years to begin to come around."
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