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2006 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley
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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.

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2006 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley

Producer: Duckhorn Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Merlot
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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89 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
87 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009

($52) Good dark red. Currant, plum, mocha and chocolatey oak on the nose, with hints of menthol and exotic flowers. Supple currant and menthol flavors offer a nice sugar/acid balance but also betray a slightly roasted character. A moderately dense merlot that finishes a tad green.

87 Points | Wine Spectator

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The Best Merlot For Under $100
10/09/2009
by Zoueihed13645473
This is an absoloutely fantastic wine. I typically do not particularly care for Merlot, however, this wine is the exception to that rule. Wonderfully contructed, incredibly smooth. If you can get your hands on the 05, Buy It. The 06 is great too. Must add to any cellar or collection.

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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