2006 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot
Astringently tannic, as Duckhorn's new red wines tend to be, but very rich, very ripe, and sweet enough in fruit and oak to drink now with a nice steak. Floods the mouth with blackberries, cassic, chocolate, violets, mushu plum sauce, licorice and cedar.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colour. Warm plum and blackberry aromas on the nose with a touch of dark chocolate, cloves and vanilla. Full body, medium to high acid and lots of blackberry and spice flavour. Soft to medium level of velvety tannins. Long finish going a bit earthy. (LPB)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good dark red. Currant, plum, mocha and chocolatey oak on the nose, with hints of menthol and exotic flowers. Supple currant and menthol flavors offer a nice sugar/acid balance...
Elegant and rather juicy, with currant and cola aromas and modest cherry and cedar-herb flavors.
Duckhorn has made their reputation on exceptional Merlots, and the 2006 vintage may be one of their best yet. Its sweet late-summer plum and framboise aromas are spiked hints of fresh-cracked walnuts and curls of sandalwood incense. Take a sip and your mouth fills with bright raspberry and cherry fruit baked into a graham cracker pie crust with extra cinnamon spice.