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2017 Decoy Sonoma County Merlot

2017 Decoy Sonoma County Merlot

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For more than four 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.



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Wine Profile

Production Notes
Varietal Content: 96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon; Cooperage: 100% French oak
Winemaker Notes
This lush and inviting Merlot displays enticing aromas of blueberry, raspberry and cassis, underscored by a French oak-inspired hint of cocoa. The layers of luxurious fruit continue on the palate, where lively acidity adds poise and structure, and silky tannins carry the wine to a long, juicy finish.
2017 began with an abundance of winter rain, followed by mild spring temperatures that provided a nice slow start to the season. As the weather warmed up during summer, careful pruning resulted in excellent vine balance and ideal dappled shading on the grapes. The majority of our white varieties were harvested before the first heat spike, showing excellent depth and acidity. This same late-season heat helped our remaining white and red grapes achieve perfect ripeness. As a result, the overall quality in 2017 was amazing, with our whites displaying beautiful poise and lush fruit-forward flavors, and richly colored reds offering a lovely balance between concentration and complexity.

Wine Specs

Wine Specs
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 5 - October 20, 2017
25° Brix at harvest
0.63 g/100 ml titratable acidity
10-15 days fermentation at 80°F
Alcohol %
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(Nov 1, 2019 at 1:22 PM)
My husband threw me a party here at home for my 30th birthday and this 2017 Decoy Sonoma County Merlot was a hit! I wish we had more bottles here but we will definitely be snagging more! We aren't huge wine drinkers but love fruity reds and this one was absolute perfection -- delicious! We used it as just a party drink and didn't pair it with dinner this time but when we get more, I think it would be great with a nice at-home steak dinner or even a great drink to serve during the holidays as it would be great for a variety of guests whole love a great red wine! We will definitely be buying more of this!

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