Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2004

Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2004


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This is a well-balanced wine with medium weight, beautiful texture, bright acid, and integrated, supple tannins. The aroma is elegant, with elements of earth, black cherry, vanilla and clove, accompanied by a slightly meaty character. On the palate, the wine is layered with rich fruit flavors, most notably blueberry, blackberry, and plum, and accented by subtle notes of lavender and sage.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Duckhorn
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • we90

Wine EnthusiastThere's a beautiful Merlot in here but you're going to have to paddle against the powerful tannins to find it. It brings to mind the old Duckhorn Three Palms Merlots, which were similarly tough and tannic in youth, but aged well. This wine is ripe in chocolate, blackberry, cassis, coconut macaroon and plum sauce flavors, but needs four or five years to begin to come around.

Steve Heimoff, March 1, 2007
  • ws87

Wine SpectatorComplex, rich and creamy, with well-defined red currant and black cherry fruit that's shaded by mocha- and vanilla-laced oak. Finishes with chewy tannins and good length. May benefit from short-term cellaring. Drink now through 2011.

James Laube, 2006