For more than three decades, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting exceptional Napa Valley Merlot reflecting the rich diversity of the valley's many appellations Drawing on our winemaking team's expertise working with this varietal, Decoy
Sonoma County Merlot is a lush and inviting wine highlighting the elegance of the varietal from another exceptional growing region.
Varietal Content: 92% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petite Sirah; Cooperage: 100% French Oak
This lovely expression of Sonoma County Merlot offers lush layers of black cherry, cassis and cranberry, along with notes of cocoa and leather. On the palate, refined tannins underscore the wine’s velvety mouthfeel, while excellent acidity adds poise and length to the vibrant red berry flavors.
In Sonoma County, a warm, dry spring resulted in an early budbreak, while an extended flowering period brought a return to normal yields after three years of abundant crops. With berry weights down, the grapes offered great concentration, while retaining excellent acidity. We had one of our earliest harvests in the past decade, but a light rain in mid-September nourished the vines and provided welcome additional hangtime. Overall, the quality of the fruit was exceptional, with our white wines showing both richness and complexity, and our red grapes displaying a fine balance between elegance and intensity, with gorgeous dark fruit flavors.
First off: I am an aspiring wine enthusiast. I bought my first bottle that I actually enjoyed a few days ago; and it was the Decoy 2015 Merlot.
I'm an avid stout drinker, and red meat lover. I love things bold and savory! Decoy Merlot and Cab. hit the spot with me. The Cab. had a slightly stronger bitter taste than the Merlot (as to be expected per my research); but both were amazing! I've tried several different types of wine, and have absolutely hated them all; then I found this golden nugget. I tried a slightly less expensive Merlot from a different Nappa Valley Winery; and this was phenomenally better. It is crisp, with no harsh aftertaste that leaves me wanting more and more. My local hotspot is about to have a major problem keeping this in their shelf! It's great for the everyday; and I look forward to pulling it out when I entertain. I love Guinness Draught; but Decoy is now my "go to" for daily enjoyment. I have finally found "my wine"!