May
26
2009

2006 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot,

2006 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot

(USA, California, Napa Valley)

OK…  the 06 was very disappointing.  Duckhorn Merlot has been one of my favorite Merlot until the 06.  This wine got thin and industrial with little character. I put my 04 and 05 reviews below for your reference. Color is medium purple. The nose has lots of spices and hints of Windex. The nose is kind of thin with very little fruit, more spices and white pepper.  The palate is really short and uneventful.  Almost no fruit on the start.  Almost nothing to write about.  The mid plate is non-existent and the finish is bitter with no real lingering memories.  Sorry folks, Duckhorn missed the boat on the 06 vintage.  Very disappointing to me when this was one of my favorites.   This is a pass for me at this price.

30 minutes into the decanting, the cherries and tobacco came out some on the nose.  Got a little red fruits on the palate but not a huge change.

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2004 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot

(USA, California, Napa Valley)

This Duckhorn Merlot 2004 was definitely more velvety and softer than the 05 and 03.  Nicely done on this one. Intense yet well balanced. Love the dark fruits and floral on the nose with hints of tobacco. Full bodied with plum, chocolate, mocha, and vanilla on the nose. Nice and powerful.  Solid deep purple in color. The palate is velvety and well rounded right through the mid palate.  Strong black fruits. The finish is not too hot and has length with tobacco mocha and just the right oak and earthly feel.  Plum, blackberry and spices. Although I am not a huge Duckhorn Cabernet fan for the money, I really like this 04 merlot and it’s worth a try.

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  • My Amazing Story says:

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  • Eric says:

    Brian,

    Not sure where you live but I am coming down to Boca for a few days
    and need the name of a good wine shop down there. Use to be a good one on Palmetto but I think its out of business.Thanks. I am a wine geek.

    Eric

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