About This Wine
Stunning Merlot From Napa Valley's Most Unique Vineyards
When it comes to California red wines, "Napa Valley" is the address everyone wants. But Napa Valley isn't one homogenous zone of red wine excellence. Even vineyards located right next to each other often exhibit remarkable differences in soil, terrain, microclimate, and exposure to sunlight.
That's why Duckhorn Vineyards deliberately purchased prime vineyards scattered throughout Napa Valley. Each of Duckhorn's seven estate vineyards delivers distinct characteristics ... communicating a special sense of place and tradition. And when you mix the grapes of these selected vineyards, the results are often heavenly.
The 2008 Duckhorn Merlot is certainly no exception. Its lush, aromatic fruit flavors are followed by a rich, complex finish that leaves you longing for more. In fact, we wholeheartedly agree with the Wine Enthusiast's Steve Heimoff when he calls this stunning Napa Valley Merlot "hard to resist."
Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with less tannin and fruit. Delivers earlier maturing wines. Often blended with Cabernet; on its own may soften with age, though fruit flavors may fade.
- Grape Composition:86% Merlot, 9.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
- Grape Source:Napa Valley, California
- Aromas & Flavors:Asian Spice, Red Currant, Plum, Blueberry Crisp, Lush Cherry, Licorice, Cinnamon
- Aging Vessels:100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (20% new, 80% second vintage)
- When to Drink:Now through 2016
- Food Pairing SuggestionChicken marsala, Southwestern tri-tip steak, lamb chops, stuffed mushrooms or chocolate souffle
14 recipes match for this wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this wonderful recipe a few years ago. We've tried it with Cabernet Sauvignon as the recipe calls for, as well as Merlot, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel... and every time, it turns out delicious! It's best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such a machine, it's extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy! Get The Recipe
Portuguese Style Roasted Pork Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines. This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal. The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you'd like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the Get The Recipe
Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe