2006 | 2007
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
An impressive as well as elegant blend, the 2006 The Discusssion is made from 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Its dark ruby/purple hue is followed by scents of graphite, blue fruits, black currants and cherries. The overall impression is one of restraint yet authority. It should drink well for a decade.
Duckhorn set out to make a dazzler, and succeeded. A Bordeaux blend based mainly on Cabernet Sauvignon, it has too many flavors to list, but blackberries, dark chocolate, orange peel, red licorice, bacon and dusty Indian spices surely top the list, wrapped into soft but super fine tannins. Really a first-rate wine that earns a place in the Napa pantheon.
Impressive for its density, complexity, refinement and focus, built around a core of ripe, spicy currant, blackberry, black licorice, anise and mineral. Full-bodied and well-proportioned, ending with a long, sleek finish and firm tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2020.
90 points - Year’s Best Cabernets and Blends
Wine & Spirits
Bill Nancarrow blended this barrel selection from a range of Duckhorn’s estate vineyards; it emphasizes cabernet sauvignon (53 percent), with the balance merlot (28), cabernet franc (14) and petit verdot (5). The fruit is soft and plump, the tannins more austere, showing a little heat stress in their dimpled fruit-skin character. This is ready to decant for aged sirloin, seared rare.
91 points, two puffs
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
The inaugural release of Duckhorn's new proprietary label is a study in sturdiness, ripeness and size. Long on essential fruit, yet a little less ‘fruity’ in style, it exhibits a complex mix of toast, cedary spice, espresso, raspberries and well-ripened currants. It is the tightest, most firmly built bottling on the winery's 2006 roster and is finished with a fair bit of grippy young tannins, but its potential for better is beyond dispute, and it warrants at least five years of patience.