2011 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot
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.
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Varietal Content: 83% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc; Cooperage: 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons); Age of Barrels: 25% new, 75% second vintage
The cooler 2011 vintage yielded an aromatic Merlot with vibrant red fruit layers of Rainier cherry and spiced plum, as well as notes of licorice, tobacco leaf, cardamom and thyme. Hints of cedar, leather and savory spice from aging in French oak barrels contribute depth and nuance, while a streak of uplifting acidity adds dimension to this wine’s smooth velvety texture. Dusty tannins frame a sophisticated finish.
In one of the coolest growing seasons in memory, we benefited greatly in 2011 from our 35 years of experience farming Bordeaux varietals. To counteract uneven vine growth due to unusual spring weather, we did meticulous green thinning. We also gently opened up the canopy to expose the fruit, were judicious in our picking schedule, and sorted meticulously both in the vineyards and winery. The majority of our Merlot came in before the October rains, and due to our quality adjustments the remainder of our fruit fared well until it was harvested. Warm up-valley locations like Oakville, Rutherford, St, Helena and Calistoga were particularly successful, and overall the resulting wines are pure and elegant.
Released: October 2013
September 22 — October 31, 2011
0.59 g/100 ml titratable acidity
15 Months in Barrel
10-12 days fermentation at 80°F
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(Feb 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM)
I really do not know too much about red wine but I do enjoy a smooth rich flavor. This red merlot is exactly the taste that I enjoy! I loved it and definitely would purchase this again! Yqq5b9
(Jun 5, 2014 at 6:54 AM)
After meeting the very approachable owners at a Morton's charity event for Make-a-Wish some years ago, I was thrilled to find this Merlot on special at St. Elmo's Steakhouse in Indianapolis. Absolutely one of the finest wines (not normally a Merlot fan) that people of ANY preference will appreciate…if not love! I offer this review on the website as proof of my fandom. Not many people would look to order a wine online days after having it at a restaurant. Cheers to Duckhorn.
(Jul 23, 2014 at 9:29 PM)
Wow, not much of a Merlot fan,but this wine is smooth as silk and so flavorful , my son brought me this all the way from Houston,Tx, while I live 2 hrs from Napa! Will def buy fir social gatherings...