2004 | 2005
Almost entirely Merlot, with a few drops of other Bordeaux varieties, this Howell Mountain red screams for time in the cellar. The tannins bite and dog the mouth through the long, astringent finish. But chew on it for awhile and you hit a deep core of blackberries and currants, and the more the wine warms up in the glass, the more impressive it gets. Cellar until 2010, and it should reward for years after.
Wine Review Online
Duckhorn's red Bordeaux-style blend from estate vineyards on Howell Mountain is something of a masterpiece, and it's easy to see why it is released a year later than the Cabernets and Merlots. This is a huge mouthful of wine, with impressive weight and chewy tannins that no doubt needed additional bottle age to mellow. It's a darkly fruited wine that exhibits flavors of cassis and blackberry, with hints of cedar, spice and a bit of forest floor. Youthful and fresh, it nevertheless has the backbone to improve in the cellar for another decade or more.