2006 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 375ml

2006 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 375ml

Appellation
Napa Valley

Type
Red
Varietal
Merlot
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Our Napa Valley Merlot captures the balanced character of a young wine, while embodying the diversity of the entire Napa Valley appellation

Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
36 Vineyards Harvested
Production Notes
Varietal Content 96% Merlot 2% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Petit Verdot Cooperage 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons) Age of Barrels: 30% new, 70% second vintage
Winemaker Notes
The product of a standout Merlot vintage, the Merlot in 2006 offered an excellent expression of the varietal and required very little blending with other grapes—with only small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot used to add subtle complexity. This Merlot offers a rich texture, ripe tannins and seamlessly integrated French oak. The bouquet displays lush layers of ripe plum and bright raspberry underscored by notes of sandalwood, walnut and spice. On the palate, polished flavors of red cherry and raspberry are accented by an enticing layer of graham cracker piecrust.
Production
The 2006 growing season was marked by a very mild summer with a mid-July heat spike that accelerated ripening. Mild temperatures continued throughout the fall allowing for a moderately paced harvest. The long growing season brought complex and intense flavor and aroma development.
Other Notes
Release Date: September 2008
Wine Specs
Vintage
2006
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 9 — October 31, 2006
Sugar
25.6° Brix
Acid
0.67 g/100 ml titratable acidity
PH
3.33
Aging
16 Months
Fermentation
8-10 days fermentation at 80°F
Bottling Date
April 2008
Alcohol %
14.5%
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