Varietal Content: 98% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon; Cooperage: 100% French Oak Château-Style Barrels (60 Gallons), 5% new, 95% second vintage
For more than three decades, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting exceptional Napa Valley
Merlots. Drawing on our winemaking team’s expertise working with this varietal, Decoy Napa Valley
Merlot is a lush and inviting wine with aromas of plum, black cherry, Earl Grey tea and subtle spice.
On the palate, the tannins are smooth and the flavors are rich and mouthfilling, with abundant ripe
fruit and layers of vanilla and sweet oak.
Though the 2008 growing season presented certain challenges—from early frosts to drought
conditions—a meticulous approach to viticulture and sorting yielded small crops with good
concentration, highlighting soft, appealing tannins for our red varietals and bright acidity for our
white grapes. A long, moderately cool summer led to a harvest that commenced in mid-August and
concluded in early November. This relatively relaxed pace allowed us to pick in numerous passes to
ensure quality, often focusing on individual rows or a single side of the vines.