A great fan of Merlot since traveling to St. Emilion and Pomerol, Dan Duckhorn founded his winery in 1976 and initially dedicated his efforts to producing the best Merlots in California. Duckhorn is an amazing success story that had to spill out and over Napa’s boundaries and into other counties in order to produce wines subject to microclimates and soil conditions locally. The company moved first into Sonoma County where it produces the Migration wines. From there, the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County became the home of Goldeneye, and now there is a winery in the Red Mountain area of Washington where the wonderful Canvasback wines are produced. The company has evolved and Erin Kinney is returning to give us an account of all that is current.
2016 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
List price 27.00; our price 24.99
Dan has been making Sauvignon Blanc since 1982. Harvested from his estates and select Napa Valley vineyards, this rich and elegant Sauvignon Blanc was blended with Sémillon (16%) to add depth and complexity. It was fermented and aged using both stainless steel and French oak, it offers ripe citrus and tropical flavors, refreshing acidity and Sémillon-driven silkiness.
2015 Migration Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
List price 29.99; our price 33.00
Migration is dedicated to exploring Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the finest cool-climate winegrowing
regions to create wines that highlight lush fruit, bright acidity and impeccably balanced oak. Reflecting the terroir, this vibrant and sophisticated Chardonnay combines white flower aromatics with enticing lemon custard and stone fruit flavors.
2014 Goldeneye Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
List price 50.00; our price 48.00
This charming wine is plush yet rustic, effortlessly balancing layers of cherry, ripe cranberry and wild blackberry with notes of leather, earth and spice. Touched with a kiss of the finest French oak, it carries through to a velvety finish that is both long and lush. It received 93 points from Wine Enthusiast.
2012 Duckhorn Merlot, Napa Valley
List price 54.00; our price 48.00
Combining lovely structure and alluring appeal, this is a classic expression of Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot. Focused and deeply structured, it shows bold blackberry and cedar aromas and flavors, accented with a plush texture and notes of cherry, tea leaf and mineral. On the palate, it is lush and supple, with bright acidity and velvety tannins supporting layers of raspberry and black cherry, as well as hints of coffee and chocolate that carry through on the long finish. The blend is 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. It scored 91 points from Wine Enthusiast and 90 points from Wine Spectator.
2014 Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
List price 36.00; our price 32.95
Red Mountain is renowned for Cabernet Sauvignon and you will understand why when you taste this wine. It opens with alluring aromas of blackberry, plum and huckleberry intermingled with brighter notes of Bing cherry and ripe wild strawberry. As it evolves in the glass, layers of anise and sarsaparilla are revealed, alongside hints of caramel and espresso from barrel aging. On the palate, the entry is supple, weighty and rounded, with ripe tannins and juicy acidity coming together to create a classically structured Cabernet. Points: 92WE, 91 WS
2014 Paraduxx Red Wine, Napa Valley
List price 40.00; our price 36.99
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Zinfandel (30%) and Merlot (5%) has rich, full fruit flavors and soft, elegant tannins. This complex wine begins with inviting aromas of cherry and ripe wild strawberry, combined with hints of wood smoke and toasted marshmallow from barrel aging. On the palate, juicy layers of bramble, black cherry and nectarine are supported by firm, yet refined, tannins and impressive weight.
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