Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2017

$51.99

Duckhorn Merlot is one of California's most popular Merlots - get the new release while it's still available. 92 Points Wine Spectator:  "Outstanding;a wine of superior character and style Plush and rich-tasting, with finely interwoven flavors of dark cherry, plum tart and blackberry accented by cocoa powder notes.” The Duckhorn 2017 Napa Valley Merlot is one of the finest Merlots we've ever tasted.  Blended to offer the complexity and balance of a young wine, while embodying the diversity of the whole Napa Valley appellation. This wine is medium-bodied and balanced with a smooth entry, integrated soft tannins, and a long finish. The aroma is lifted with raspberry, red currant, blueberry, cherry cola, and delicate spice. The flavors are polished with blackberry, plum, black cherry, toast, and a hint of herb.  If you are a die-hard Cabernet lover this is a Merlot for you.

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Ratings on Delectable

Michael Chelus Delectable Pro

Black cherry, raspberry preserves, blackberry, currant, vanilla and oak. Full-bodied and soft tannins.

Black cherry, raspberry preserves, blackberry, currant, vanilla and oak. Full-bodied and soft tannins.

9.1

Daniel P. Drake Delectable Pro

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of eating out in Chicago on the river and enjoyed this 2017 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot. From Napa Valley this blend is 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Everything is all outside, no dining in and social distancing is a must, though masks are optional out doors and waitstaff has to wear the masks. On the nose was black cherry, raspberry, black plums, tobacco, chocolate, rose petals and dusty earth. On the palate there is beautiful fruit, black cherry, black plum, raspberry, cocoa, licorice, red currant, vanilla, spice and dusty earth. The wine is medium to full bodied that has a creamy, silky smooth mouth feel with medium to medium + acidity and medium + fine tannins that leads into a long fresh fruit finish. A very enjoyable bottle of wine that went very well with my NY Strip. I hope everyone is well and healthy? Please stay safe and continued health. Nostrovia!

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of eating out in Chicago on the river and enjoyed this 2017 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot. From Napa Valley this blend is 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Everything is all outside, no dining in and social distancing is a must, though masks are optional out doors and waitstaff has to wear the masks. On the nose was black cherry, raspberry, black plums, tobacco, chocolate, rose petals and dusty earth. On the palate there is beautiful fruit, black cherry, black plum, raspberry, cocoa, licorice, red currant, vanilla, spice and dusty earth. The wine is medium to full bodied that has a creamy, silky smooth mouth feel with medium to medium + acidity and medium + fine tannins that leads into a long fresh fruit finish. A very enjoyable bottle of wine that went very well with my NY Strip. I hope everyone is well and healthy? Please stay safe and continued health. Nostrovia!

9.3

"Odedi" Delectable Pro

Here is a beautiful Merlot for #MerlotThursday. Deep purple in color with a purplish rim. Strong fruity nose with black plums, black currants, coffee, cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, dark chocolates, coke, tobacco and alcohol. Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs. Dry on the palate with plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, bitter herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn. Spicy finish with medium tannins and tangy raspberries. This Napa Merlot is always enjoyable, although very young. Needs 5 years in the bottle to mature properly. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (2 hours). Tangy, spicy and tasty. Nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A nice sipping wine. Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a beef burger and fries. A blend of 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Malbec. Aged for 15 months in 40% new French oak barrels. 14.5% alcohol by volume. 92 points. $45.

Here is a beautiful Merlot for #MerlotThursday. Deep purple in color with a purplish rim. Strong fruity nose with black plums, black currants, coffee, cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, dark chocolates, coke, tobacco and alcohol. Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs. Dry on the palate with plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, bitter herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn. Spicy finish with medium tannins and tangy raspberries. This Napa Merlot is always enjoyable, although very young. Needs 5 years in the bottle to mature properly. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (2 hours). Tangy, spicy and tasty. Nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A nice sipping wine. Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a beef burger and fries. A blend of 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Malbec. Aged for 15 months in 40% new French oak barrels. 14.5% alcohol by volume. 92 points. $45.

9.2

Boris Mathiszik Delectable Pro

Solid as all the other Duckhorn Merlots. At the end of the day, this is the best Merlot producer in America. Love the texture and the fine balance between fruit and minerals. Subtle tannins. Elegant.

Solid as all the other Duckhorn Merlots. At the end of the day, this is the best Merlot producer in America. Love the texture and the fine balance between fruit and minerals. Subtle tannins. Elegant.

9.1

Anthony Ludwig

Fleming's

Fleming's

10

Joe Christenson

Excellent Merlot! Nose is black cherry, ripe raspberry, a hint of tobacco, dark chocolate, and rose petal. Very soft and velvety on the palate. Plenty of dark cherry, ripe plum, and the rest of the nose round it out. This wine is an absolute treat with a dry aged ribeye.

Excellent Merlot! Nose is black cherry, ripe raspberry, a hint of tobacco, dark chocolate, and rose petal. Very soft and velvety on the palate. Plenty of dark cherry, ripe plum, and the rest of the nose round it out. This wine is an absolute treat with a dry aged ribeye.

9.4

Michael Ivanov

We had the 2017. Made me download this app so we can remember this one.

We had the 2017. Made me download this app so we can remember this one.

10

Henry Fuseler

9/2020. Nice full bodied Merlot with nice flavor and finish. Hall’s Chop House Columbia

9/2020. Nice full bodied Merlot with nice flavor and finish. Hall’s Chop House Columbia

9.0

Ana Maria Fernandez

Can’t never go wrong with duckhorn merlot

Can’t never go wrong with duckhorn merlot

9.3

KDU

Velvety goodness. Want more fruit forward. Medium long finish. Not worth price but delicious

Velvety goodness. Want more fruit forward. Medium long finish. Not worth price but delicious

9.0

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