Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley 2020

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14.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2020
  • WS 90
  • WE 90
  • JS 93
  • WIL 91
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    Presenting the Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley 2020, a testament to the enduring legacy of Duckhorn Vineyards, skillfully crafted by Winemaker Rene Ary.

    This elegant Merlot blend, composed of 80% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, pays homage to the founder’s inspiration drawn from Bordeaux, with a Napa Valley twist.

    In the glass, this wine reveals a deep garnet hue that promises richness and depth. The aromas are nothing short of captivating, with vibrant notes of red currant, ripe plum, black raspberry, cherry, and sweet baking spices. Hints of tea leaves and cocoa add layers of complexity to the bouquet.

    Upon the first sip, the palate is enveloped in luxury. Silky tannins gracefully cradle flavors of ripe red berries, pie crust, and fig compote. The wine glides effortlessly to a bright, elegant finish, leaving a lasting impression.

    The 2020 growing season was marked by favorable weather conditions, resulting in grapes that ripened slowly and developed vibrant flavors and fleshy textures. While the harvest faced challenges due to wildfires and hot weather, Duckhorn’s meticulous selection process ensured that only the finest fruit made its way into this vintage.

    James Suckling awards this Merlot blend an impressive 93 points, celebrating its juicy and fruity character, with aromas and flavors of plum, chocolate, and hazelnut. Wilfred Wong, with 91 points, lauds its elegance and persistence, noting red and black fruit, sagebrush, and hints of licorice and oak. Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast both rate this wine at 90 points, acknowledging its quality and character.

    The Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley 2020 is a true embodiment of Napa Valley Merlot’s allure, showcasing the dedication and expertise of Winemaker Rene Ary. This wine is an invitation to savor the harmonious blend of red and black fruits, spices, and elegance that defines Duckhorn’s legacy. Enjoy its velvety texture and approachable nature with dishes like Instant Pot chicken with savory herbs.


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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 90
    Wine Spectator
    Wine Spectator rated 90 points
    WE 90
    Wine Enthusiast
    Wine Enthusiast rated 90 points
    JS 93
    James Suckling
    A juicy and fruity Merlot blend with plum, chocolate and hazelnut aromas and flavors. Full and layered with fleshy tannins and a flavorful finish. Velvety texture. Lovely approach ability.
    WIL 91
    Wilfred Wong
    The 2020 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot is elegant yet persistent on the palate. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers aromas and flavors of red and black fruits, sagebrush, and hints of licorice and oak. Enjoy it with Instant Pot chicken with savory herbs. (Tasted: March 23, 2023, San Francisco, CA)

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