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2008 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot "Decoy"

Winery: Duckhorn Vineyards

Vintage: 2008

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Decoy"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 98% Merlot & 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $25

Cases produced: 15,066

KWG Score: 88 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: August 30, 2010

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Merlot from the Duckhorn family opens with a very fragrant mulberry and red currant bouquet with a hint of eucalyptus. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and delicate. The flavor profile is a tart black currant and plum with notes of black cherry and black pepper. The finish is dry and it mild tannins are slightly prolonged. The panel suggested pairing this wine with pheasant or duck breast. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: This appealing Napa Valley bottling highlights the elegance of the Merlot varietal. Since 1978, Duckhorn Vineyards has been producing Merlot that reflects the rich diversity of the valley’s many appellations and offers signature flavors of black cherry, plum and spice.

Organic status: not organic

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