2008 Napa Valley Merlot

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92 Points
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast
12/15/2011
Shows the soft, mellow feeling a fine Merlot should possess, although it’s certainly tannic enough, in the Duckhorn style. However, the tannins are intricate and accessible, and frame lush cherry, red currant, licorice and cinnamon spice fl avors. Hard to resist now, and should hold over the next four years.

91 Points - 2 Puffs
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
11/01/2011
If at first a little tight in the nose and only grudgingly allowing a bit of sweet oak, cherries and herbs to peek out, this well-endowed wine is not at all restrained in its broad and decidedly juicy flavors of very well-ripened Merlot fruit. It is at this point more solid than it is succulent in nature, but, make no mistake, this is a deep and solidly built wine that comes with the guarantee of a complex and stylish future.

90 Points
Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine
06/01/2011
Medium ruby; attractive, plummy, earthy, spicy, blueberry and cherry fruit aroma with notes of cocoa and cassis; medium-full to full body; forward, tight, textured, black cherry fruit flavors that are firmly structured and have good depth and emerging richness; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Deserves several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.

  • 2008 Napa Valley Merlot