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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2005
Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2005
(search item no. 93303)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $89.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Estate Grown Merlot represents over 20 years of research and experience with Napa Valley Merlot. From our first vintage in 1978, we knew that we were in uncharted territory—one of a few who had seriously considered producing a varietal Merlot. Our estate vineyards are located in the best alluvial fans of the Napa Valley starting with the Selby Creek fan in the north, moving to Ritchie Creek in St. Helena, and finishing with the Rector Creek fan in Yountville. The shallow topsoil and high water drainage of the alluvial soils force the vine to send roots deep in search of water. The rocks retain the day's heat bringing relief to the vine during the cold spring mornings and foggy summer nights. The grapes remain small and the leaf canopy restrained. Our Estate Grown Merlot is produced from the finest fruit, and is the pride of our Merlot portfolio.

This full-bodied Merlot offers ripe, seductive flavors, well-integrated tannins and a sophisticated palate structure. The bouquet reveals layered aromatics of plum, vanilla bean and spice, as well as evocative notes of saddle leather, tobacco leaf and rich, moist earth. On the palate, these elements lead to rich blackberry, red cherry and mocha flavors, complemented by inviting notes of blueberry, loganberry and currant.

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About Duckhorn Vineyards:

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 wineries to pioneer Merlot as a premium varietal, Duckhorn Vineyards now makes several elegant Merlot and distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings to showcase the characteristics of its vineyard sites. In addition, the winery is known for its acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc. Beginning with the 2006 vintage, Duckhorn Vineyards unveiled The Discussion, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that represents the pinnacle of Duckhorn's portfolio.