Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2013, California

Time for #MerlotThursday… 😃

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, cedar, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, eucalyptus, peppercorn, earth and black tea.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Merlot from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Rich and smooth. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.

I loved the nose here, and kept on smelling on it for a while. This is a Merlot for the Cabernet lover, with teeth staining color.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins. (60 minutes).

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 15 months in 25% new French Oak barrels.

Drank from a half a bottle. Delicious and yummy.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.


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