Duckhorn Napa Merlot 2008
from Napa Valley, California
86% Merlot, 9.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc.
Our Napa Valley Merlot is a complex blend of several individual vineyard lots, incorporating fruit from our
Estate Vineyards and from top independent growers throughout the Napa Valley. The final wine is a rich and
cohesive expression of the entire Napa Valley, reflecting the varied microclimates and soils of this unique
The 2008 growing season has produced a particularly complex and complete expression of Napa Valley
Merlot, combining bright, lifted red fruit elements with darker, more extracted layers. This depth is on display
in the aromatics, where notes of Asian spice, red current, plum and blueberry crisp are supported by a subtle
streak of earthiness. The palate is both velvety and balanced, with flavors that echo the aromas. These flavors
are held together by granular tannins and accented by oak-inspired notes of molasses and nougat.
"Shows the soft, mellow feeling a fine Merlot should possess, although it’s certainly tannic enough, in the Duckhorn style. However, the tannins are intricate and accessible, and frame lush cherry, red currant, licorice and cinnamon spice fl avors. Hard to resist now, and should hold over the next four years."
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