2003 Duckhorn Vineyards Estate Grown Merlot

2003 Duckhorn Vineyards Estate Grown Merlot

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This Estate Grown Merlot represents over a quarter century of tradition and experience.

Wine Profile

Production Notes
Varietal Content 90% Merlot 10% Cabernet Sauvignon Cooperage 100% French Oak, Chateau-Style Barrels (60 gallons) Age of Barrels: 100% New
Winemaker Notes
This is a complex wine with excellent oak integration, balanced acids, silky tannins and a long, fruity finish. The bouquet is brimming with aromas of raspberry and blackberry followed by distinctive elements of earth, spice and smoked meat. Filled with sweet black fruits and an underlying essence of ripe strawberry, the Estate Grown Merlot also offers enticing accents of warm caramel, vanilla and cream.
Production
The 2003 growing season was marked by a cool, wet spring. As summer approached, carry-over moisture resulted in vigorous vine growth. A heat spike at the early part of flowering caused some shatter that resulted in reduced yields. Summer and early fall were relatively mild; but a flourish of heat at the latter part of harvest accelerated the ripening of fruit. The season ended with an extended mild period, allowing harvest to conclude at a relaxed pace.
Other Notes
Release Date: April 2006

Wine Specs

Wine Specs
Vintage
2003
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 19 – 25, 2003
Sugar
26.5° Brix
Acid
Titratable Acidity: 0.73 g/100ml
pH
3.59
Aging
20 Months
Bottling Date
July 2005
Alcohol %
14.5

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Standard Bottle

750ml

5 - 5oz Glasses

Serves 2-4

Magnum

1.5 Liters

2 Standard Bottles

Serves 4-5

Double Magnum or Jeroboam

3 Liters

4 Standard Bottles

Serves 6-8

Imperial

6 Liters

8 Standard Bottles

Serves 12-16

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