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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 | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
Dark red. Expressive nose offers redcurrant, tobacco, loam, mocha and vanilla. Sweet and pliant in the mouth, with ripe acids giving shape to the redcurrant, iron and mocha flavors. Shows more depth and flavor intensity than Duckhorn's 2008 merlots, which I tasted just before this wine. Finishes with ripe tannins and decent length.