Duckhorn Merlot Napa 750ml
Discover Merlot Wines
Merlot is a black and blue grape varietal that produces dry red wine with a softer, medium to full body. It is the most commonly planted and popular red wine grape variety in France's Bordeaux region, as well as the second most widely planted and popular red wine grape variety in the United States.
Merlot grapes, which are traditionally vinified to produce a dry red wine, may have a wide range of flavors depending on the environment in which they are cultivated. Merlot will be used in both red wine blends and single varietal wines in several wine areas known for producing the grape.
Merlot, like Cabernet Sauvignon, has a similar taste profile and belongs to the same grape family (a descendant of Cabernet Franc). Merlot differs from Cabernet Sauvignon in that it has a thinner skin and is less astringent owing to fewer and softer tannins. It also has a fruitier, and sometimes less complicated, body.
While the taste of Merlot varies according on the environment in which it is produced, it usually has overtones of juicy blue, black, and red fruit. Undertones of coco, vanilla, and other earth tones frequently accompany these taste sensations.
About the Producer: Duckhorn Wine Company
Duckhorn Vineyards Vineyards has for several decades established itself as one of the most prestigious wineries in Napa Valley. Unlike most Napa wineries, it is best known for its Merlot, which founders Dan and Margaret Duckhorn saw as more than just a blended variety. Duckhorn produces a wide range of wines, from varietal and blended wines with an emphasis on Merlot, to wines made from other classic California varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. The property was founded near St. Helena in 1976. The first vintage was produced in 1978. It consisted of 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot. Merlot was valued for its affordable price, smooth texture and youthful drink, and is now the basis of the winery's iconic wines. In 2015, Duckhorn purchased the Three Palms vineyard, which is considered one of California's finest Merlot vineyards. Duckhorn has been buying fruit from the vineyard since 1978 and had exclusive access in 2011. Overall, Duckhorn produces wines from over 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of vineyards on the property and also brings in fruit from independent growers. This includes locations in Howell Mountain, Yountville, Anderson Valley and Russian River Valley. The collection consists of several lines: Paraduxx, Decoy, Goldeneye and Migration. More recently, Duckhorn has expanded its Washington DC product line with the Canvasback line. The first vintage was the Red Mountain AVA Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. In 2016, Duckhorn Vineyards, along with five additional wine brands, were sold to TSG Consumer Partners, a strategic investor based in San Francisco.
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