Established more than 30 years ago by legendary vintners Dan and Margaret Duckhorn, our roots run deep at Decoy. This California Merlot showcases the elegance of Merlot and highlights the bold fruit flavors. Reflecting the character of each growing season and the diversity of our vineyard sources, Decoy has established itself as a wine of distinction. From vine to bottle, we craft our wines to the highest standards, only using grapes from exceptional vineyards.
Blend Composition: 80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc
From its plush, refined tannins to its rustic undertones, this alluring Merlot offers juicy layers of black cherry, raspberry and plum. On the palate, the flavors are pure and polished, with a mouth-coating texture that carries the wine to a luxurious, fruit-filled finish.
Throughout California, the 2019 growing season provided picture-perfect growing conditions. Following a cool, wet winter and spring, summer brought perfectly temperate weather that created exceptional flavor development in the grapes. Warm weather during harvest ensured ideal ripeness, resulting in dynamic whites with beautiful energy and complexity, and lush and flavorful reds with deep colors and lovely intensity.
I had this 2019 Decoy Merlot with my Roasted Rack Lamb and a mushroom Merlot sauce. I found the first sip to be tannin for me. Then, I had the second sip with my rack of lamb and it was pretty good. I found with the food the Merlot tasted richer (feeling more round) having more body. It was delicious and enjoyable wit food. I recommend it with food. After my meal, I finish the last two sips and found it tasted thin, watered down like. Maybe like it's not fully developed. I am just returning to tasting wine. I usually drink white wones. But asked the wine saleman recommend a Merlot. Since I eat lamb often.