2009 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 375ml
A lovely Merlot, this is pure, vibrant and elegant. It has classic cherry, red-currant and cedar flavors, and while there’s a sweetness at the core, the finish is thoroughly dry. Wonderful to drink now with steak or lamb.
Sourced from a combination of lots from Duckhorn's estate vineyards and top growers in the Napa Valley, the 2009 Merlot exhibits red berry, cherry, and plum fruit aromas and flavors, with hints of savory herbs and sweet baking spices. 2009 was a long, somewhat challenging vintage, resulting in low yields of intensely concentrated fruit. 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc were incorporated into the final cuvée, adding structure and aromatic complextity to balance and support the lush Merlot fruit. The wine was aged for fifteen months in 25% new French oak (75% once-used), promoting the development of a supple texture, creamy mouthfeel, and complex layering of red berry and spice elements. Suave tannins round out the finish.