Duckhorn The Discussion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
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Duckhorn The Discussion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014

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1500ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

As it evolves in the glass, this graceful and inviting wine reveals a dazzling array of aromas from cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and cocoa powder to fresh boysenberry, currant and ripe red plum. The flavors are every bit as complex as the aromas, with layers of blackberry, plum, licorice, vanilla and violet accentuated by elegant tannins and a plush, velvety texture. The finish is long and satisfying, with a hint of dusty tannins and bittersweet dark chocolate.

Blend: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot

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TP 97
Tasting Panel
Aromas of rhubarb and Italian roast coffee add to a glossy palate of cinnamon and nutmeg. With a plethora of plushy tannins, this is a textural delight. Its abundant flavors would exceed the word limit of this review, but dark chocolate, plum, licorice, violet and blueberry compote are the deep and generous starting lineup.
W&S 93
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Renee Ary blends this wine from a range of Duckhorn’s vineyards in Napa Valley, the 2014 including Three Palms merlot for the first time. It’s mostly cabernet sauvignon (57 percent) and merlot, with a little franc and petit verdot. Ary ages the wine 18 months in new French oak, then another six months in neutral barrels. This vintage offers the silken red fruit of cooler Napa Valley cabernet sites and the extravagance of riper fruit. For all its supple richness, it feels racy, a savory matrix of red and black fruit, salty mineral tones and oak smoke. The integration is impressive, suggesting it will develop into a complex maturity with cellar time.
WW 92
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: Let's talk about the Duckhorn Vineyards Discussion. Designing a wine as intricate as this one requires patience to build. As one of the newer wines in the winery's portfolio, the team has been able to take it quite far in a short time. The Discussion 2014 is worth talking about, and I have no shortage of words. TASTING NOTES: This is a standup wine with excellent richness and structure. One could almost say that this a New World version of a time-honored "Claret." Its aromas and flavors are important, but the wine's balance and style are what makes this wine special. Pair its elegance with a regal Chateaubriand. (Tasted: September 10, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
WS 90
Wine Spectator
A bit edgy, with chunky dark berry, mocha and cedar flavors, this wine needs cellaring to round out the rough edges. The essentials are there in the presence of concentration and depth. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2021 through 2031.
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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 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.

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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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