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About Duckhorn Vineyards
Founded in 1976 by Santa Rosa native Dan Duckhorn, Duckhorn Vineyards was one of California's standard-setters for Merlot in the early 1980s. Over the years, Duckhorn has expanded both its output and its vineyard holdings, with seven estate vineyards on Howell Mountain and the Napa Valley floor and four vineyards in Anderson Valley, Mendocino County. Though production is high in volume (100,000-plus cases/year) it remains high in quality.
91 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
87 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2002
($90) Bright, saturated ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, coffee grounds, root beer, mocha, maple syrup and oak. Full, generous and sweet, with black rasbperry, bitter chocolate and espresso flavors showing a faintly medicinal aspect. Finishes with serious, dusty tannins that come across as a bit drier than those of the estate bottling.