2007 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot

2007 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot

Appellation
Napa Valley

Type
Red
Varietal
Merlot
Wine Enthusiast
92
Connoisseurs' Guide
92
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Our Napa Valley Merlot is a complex and ageable expression of the varietal, highlighting the rich diversity of the Napa Valley appellation

Wine Profile
Awards
95 Points - Wine Review Online - Robert Whitley
Production Notes
Varietal Content 89% Merlot 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Petit Verdot Cooperage 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons) Age of Barrels: 35% new, 65% second vintage
Winemaker Notes
A product of the exceptional 2007 growing season, this wine’s hearty tannins and balanced acidity provide a textural framework for an enticing array of aromas and flavors that begin with notes of bright red cherry, plum, tobacco, vanilla and anise. On the palate, layers of fig, red currant, almond, cedar and sweet spice are revealed, along with a subtle doughiness that lends to an appealing mouthfeel. The final wine has been blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and a touch of Petit Verdot to add nuance and depth.
Production
The 2007 growing season began early and was unusually dry, with rainfall totals that were 50 percent below average. Cool spring weather continued into the summer with temperatures down by approximately 5 degrees from August through October. The cool, steady weather produced a long harvest spread out over 80 days. This relaxed pace allowed us to pick in multiple passes, ensuring ideal ripening and flavor development in the fruit.
Other Notes
Release Date: January 2010
Wine Specs
Vintage
2007
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
August 31 — October 31, 2007
Sugar
25.9° Brix
Acid
0.62 g/100 ml titratable acidity
pH
3.44
Aging
16 Months
Fermentation
8-10 days fermentation at 80°F
Bottling Date
April 2009
Alcohol %
14.5%
Wine Enthusiast
92
Connoisseurs' Guide
92
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