2009 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot
2009 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot
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Our Napa Valley Merlot is a complex blend of several individual vineyard lots, incorporating fruit from our Estate Vineyards and from top independent growers throughout the Napa Valley. The final wine is a rich and cohesive expression of the entire Napa Valley, reflecting the varied microclimates and soils of this unique appellation.

Wine Profile
Production Notes
Varietal Content 84% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc Cooperage 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons) Age of Barrels: 25% new, 75% second vintage
Winemaker Notes
This wine displays all of the benefits of slow, even ripening during a mild growing season. Though there is fullness and a lush character to this Merlot, there is also restraint and elegance. Promising aromas of cherry, red plum, raspberry, and dried herbs lead to a clean fresh entry with impeccably balanced acidity supporting intense red fruit flavors of cranberry, plum and raspberry. Round, supple tannins provide an enticing framework for the flavors and contribute to a lingering finish.
From our first Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc blocks to our final red-varietal Estate picks, our 2009 harvest spanned more than two months. Though the 2009 growing season presented certain challenges—from early shatter to late-season rain—a thoughtful response in the vineyards yielded smaller-than-normal crops of high-quality fruit. This response included aggressive leafing, an early thinning protocol and a heavy field sort to select only the most desirable grapes.
Other Notes
Release Date: December 2011
Wine Specs
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 10 - October 21, 2009
25.3° Brix
0.59 g/100 ml titratable acidity
15 Months
8-10 days fermentation at 80°F
Bottling Date
April 2011
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