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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.
88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2010
($95) Full ruby-red. Dark fruits currently overshadowed by bitter chocolate and brown spices. The dark raspberry and mocha flavors show a slightly gritty extractive quality and are carrying a heavy load of oak. Not a particularly fruity style but has decent life in the mouth. Tannins are fairly substantial.