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1999 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (1.5 L)

SKU #1063206 93 points Wine Spectator

 Seductive smoke, mocha, coffee and currant aromas lead to similar flavors. It's rich, smooth and plush, with layers of flavor, depth and intensity. Finishes in a rich, seamless aftertaste.  (8/2002)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Black fruit and portabello aromas mesh with those of mulch and hummus. Sweet fruit and baking spices characterize the palate, which is uplifted by flavors of apple peels and licorice straps. Well balanced with good acidity, this finishes long, strong, and dark.  (4/2003)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium ruby. Aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, cassis, violet, loam, nuts and shoe polish. Rich, pliant and chewy, with sweet, lively flavors of black raspberry, dark chocolate and minerals. Finishes with ripe, sweet tannins, very good length and some late notes of sweet oak.  (6/2002)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1999 Merlot Estate displays an impressively saturated ruby/purple color, outstanding concentration as well as purity, medium to full body, and sweet, but noticeable tannin. The wine is structured and pure. This impressive Merlot will drink well for 12-15 years. (RP)  (6/2002)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.