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Date Printed: 10/22/2014
Duckhorn Napa Merlot 2005
Duckhorn Napa Merlot 2005
(search item no. 92228)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Napa Valley Merlot is blended to offer the complexity and balance of a young wine, while embodying the diversity of the whole Napa Valley appellation. This wine is medium-bodied and balanced with a smooth entry, integrated soft tannins, and a long finish. The aroma is lifted with raspberry, red currant, blueberry, cherry cola, and delicate spice. The flavors are polished with blackberry, plum, black cherry, toast, and a hint of herb.

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.

86% Merlot
10% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Cabernet Franc
1% Petit Verdot

"...this Merlot has a lot going for it. It's full-bodied and rich in black currant, cherry, chocolate, violet, licorice and smoky oak flavors, with dense, intricate tannins. Probably best now and through 2009, before it drops its fresh fruit."
-Wine Enthusiast

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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.