2010 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The dark ruby/plum-tinged 2010 Merlot Carneros reveals a smokier, earthier nose displaying hints of Chinese black tea, vanilla, roasted coffee beans, sweet cherry and plum-like fruit, and a plush, lush finish. It should drink well for a decade.
Offers aromas of currant and tomato leaf, with structured flavors of black cherry, cedar and walnut. A solid wine in a tough vintage. Drink now through 2018.
Duckhorn is one of Napa Valley's top Merlot producers, and this bottling represents estate fruit in combination with additional fruit from several vineyards representing the finest of Napa's varied microclimates and soil types. It incorporates 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc into the blend and the wine was aged in large French oak barrels (25% new) for 15 months before bottling. From the winemaker: "With firm tannins and exceptional length, this is a lovely and age-worthy wine that shows how much Merlot can excel in a cooler growing season. The aromas are rich and inviting with layers of amaretto, sweet spice and cedar. On the palate, lush flavors of plum, blackberry and cherry dominate, with the tannins adding structure and depth."