Merlot-Decoy, Sonoma County

Agreeable to the needs of home cooking pairings. This Merlot encompasses medium intensity aromas of black cherry, plum infused with vanilla and chocolate notes. The articulated fruity flavours overshadow the acidity and the tannins, therefore deliver a tranquil finish in the palate. Reassess quality in two years time.

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Wine: Decoy.

Variety: Merlot 98%, CS 1%, PV 1%.

Vintage: 2018.

Appellation: Sonoma County.

Winemaker: Duckhorn Portfolio.

Winemaking: Aged 12 mo. 100% French oak, 40% new.

Other Decoy lines: CS, PN, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, SB, Rosé and Brut Cuvée.

The Label: carved by Richard “Fresh-Air Dick” Janson during the 30’s and artist Michael Allard of Zimbabwe created the painting. This decoy is the most recognisable wine label.

Owners: Dan and Margaret Duckhorn are very proud of their best Merlot of the Valley, where they received their extensive knowledge and training from St. Emilion and Pomerol. They were the first winemakers to focus on Merlot in Napa Valley.

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