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2012 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot

2012 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.



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Production Notes
Varietal Content: 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec; Cooperage: 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons); Age of Barrels: 25% new, 75% second vintage
Winemaker Notes
With its temperate weather and lengthy hang time, the 2012 growing season was ideal for our style of Merlot, yielding a wine that combines exceptional structure and depth with velvety tannins and alluring fruit. From its aromas of Santa Rosa plum, crème de cassis, violet and Herbes de Provence to its enticing flavors of olallieberry, sticky toffee and vanilla bean, this is a complex and compelling expression of Napa Valley Merlot.
The 2012 growing season offered near-perfect growing conditions. Though budbreak was late due to heavy spring rains, warm weather during bloom allowed the vines to set a large crop. Increased yields were the result of more berries, not larger berries. This translated into even higher quality in the winery, as the skin-to-juice ratio remained ideal. Slightly cooler-than-average post-veraison weather and a lack of any heat events allowed for greatly extended hang time. Harvest was 2-3 weeks later than average, and the grapes arrived at the winery in pristine condition.
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Released: August 2014

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Wine Specs
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 22 - October 31, 2012
25.0° Brix
0.59 g/100 ml titratable acidity
16 Months in Barrel
10-12 days fermentation at 80°F
Bottling Date
April 2014
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Kelton Kowalchuk's Gravatar
Kelton Kowalchuk
(Apr 30, 2015 at 3:00 PM)
10/10, would drink again!

Aaron's Gravatar
(Apr 30, 2015 at 3:08 PM)
A delicious red that transports one back to their childhood with feelings of happiness, laughter and the irresistible urge to give your best friend a wet-willy. Highly recommended!

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Brent Johnson
(Apr 30, 2015 at 3:49 PM)
12/10 (It's better than what Kelton says).

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Erick Gutierrez
(May 7, 2015 at 11:54 PM)
Simply perfect. 10/10

clare's Gravatar
(Jul 31, 2015 at 4:45 PM)
The real red devil…..smooth, lush, full of berries and rich dark chocolate. Worth every single penny!

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