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2020 DUCKHORN Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley

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Experience the unparalleled elegance of the 2020 Duckhorn Merlot from Napa Valley. Crafted by Duckhorn Vineyards, this vintage boasts velvety tannins, ripe fruits, and subtle spices. Elevate your wine collection with this exquisite expression of Napa Valley’s terroir. Order now to savor the legacy of Duckhorn’s winemaking expertise—a perfect companion for moments of joy and celebration. Cheers to the extraordinary—cheers to the 2020 Duckhorn Merlot.

Volume: 750 ML | 14.5% ABV

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James Suckling – 93 Points

A juicy and fruity Merlot blend with plum, chocolate and hazelnut aromas and flavors. Full and layered with fleshy tannins and a flavorful finish. Velvety texture. Lovely approach ability. —jamessuckling.com

Wine Enthusiast – 90 Points

This lighter-tasting, vibrant style of Merlot is refreshing to sip. Fresh raspberries and red cherries waft up from the glass before vivid, red fruit flavors hit the palate, freshened by good fruit acidity and light tannins. Sep/2023 —Jim Gordon

Description

The 2020 Duckhorn Merlot from Napa Valley is a testament to Duckhorn Vineyards’ unwavering commitment to excellence. This vintage, synonymous with the lush Merlot grape, showcases the winery’s mastery in crafting wines that epitomize the unique terroir of Napa Valley.

In the glass, the wine presents a deep garnet hue, offering a visual prelude to the opulent experience that awaits. The nose is a captivating interplay of ripe red and black fruits, with notes of plum, cherry, and blackberry, complemented by subtle hints of cocoa and cedar. The aromatic profile is a testament to both the quality of the grapes and the careful oak aging that enhances the wine’s complexity.

On the palate, the 2020 Duckhorn Merlot unfolds with layers of velvety tannins and a harmonious balance of fruit and spice. The mouthfeel is lush and full-bodied, reflecting the optimal ripeness achieved in Napa Valley’s vineyards during the 2020 growing season. The wine’s long and lingering finish invites contemplation, making each sip a moment to savor.

Duckhorn’s Merlot has long been celebrated for its consistency and refinement, and the 2020 vintage continues this legacy. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a variety of dishes, this Merlot is a versatile companion for both casual and celebratory occasions. Elevate your wine experience with the 2020 Duckhorn Merlot, an embodiment of Napa Valley’s viticultural prowess and Duckhorn Vineyards’ dedication to producing wines of enduring quality.

Duckhorn Vineyards, founded in 1976 by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn, has become a pioneering force in Napa Valley winemaking. Their journey began with a singular focus on producing high-quality Merlot, a varietal that was often overlooked at the time. The inaugural vintage of Duckhorn Merlot in 1978 garnered immediate acclaim, establishing the winery’s reputation for excellence.

As the years unfolded, Duckhorn continued to innovate and expand its portfolio. In 1982, the winery introduced its iconic Napa Valley Merlot, which became a benchmark for the varietal and solidified Duckhorn’s position as a leader in the region. The commitment to crafting Bordeaux-style wines with a focus on Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon set Duckhorn apart.

In 1990, Duckhorn acquired the coveted Three Palms Vineyard, a historic site renowned for its contribution to top-quality Merlot. This acquisition further elevated Duckhorn’s standing in the industry. The winery’s dedication to vineyard sourcing and sustainable farming practices became integral to its philosophy.

Duckhorn expanded its influence in the 2000s with the introduction of single-vineyard and estate wines, showcasing the diverse terroirs of Napa Valley. Under the leadership of winemaker Renée Ary, the commitment to quality, balance, and expression of terroir remained paramount.

In 2007, Duckhorn embraced the challenge of crafting world-class Sauvignon Blanc, introducing the highly successful Decoy label, which has since become synonymous with quality and value. The migration into Sonoma County in 2011 with the acquisition of a property in the acclaimed Anderson Valley expanded Duckhorn’s reach while maintaining a dedication to craftsmanship.

Today, Duckhorn Vineyards continues to be a standard-bearer for exceptional Napa Valley wines. With an unwavering commitment to quality, sustainable practices, and a diverse portfolio that includes not only Merlot but also Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and other varietals, Duckhorn remains an influential force in shaping the narrative of fine wine in California. The legacy of Duckhorn is not only a testament to the founders’ vision but also a reflection of the enduring pursuit of excellence in winemaking.

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