Duckhorn Merlot (750ml)
Duckhorn Vineyards was co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976 and has since established itself as one of North America’s top producers of Napa Valley wines. The winery’s seven estate vineyards are located in alluvial fans of Napa Valley and the much sought after Howell Mountain slopes. Winemaker Renee Ary works with each vineyard block separately and harvests when flavours are optimal and tannins are their softest. She approaches winemaking in an artisinal manner, by tasting and blending from close to 200 lots, separately barrel ageing each lot in oak from various cooperages. The result are wines of great finesse, personality and depth.
The Napa Valley Merlot is a complex blend of several individual vineyard lots, incorporating fruit from Duckhorn’s Estate Vineyards and from independent growers throughout the Napa Valley. The final wine is a blend of 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec and ages for 16 months in French oak barrels, 25% new and 75% second fill. It is a rich expression of the Napa Valley appellation and the 2012 vintage which provided an ideal growing season and a long hang time. Well structured with depth, velvety tannins and alluring fruit. Plum, crème de cassis, violet and Herbes de Provence intermingle with caramel and vanilla bean flavours.