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Decoy Merlot Sonoma County by Duckhorn 2019

Decoy Merlot Sonoma County

by Duckhorn 2019

Producer : Duckhorn

Region : California (USA), North Coast (USA)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Cured Meat, Ham, Hard Cheese, Pasta, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables, Veal roasted

Tasting Notes

"In 1985, nine years after creating Duckhorn Winery in Napa Valley, founders Dan and Margaret Duckhorn decided to create the Decoy label for “attractively priced” wines. It consists primarily of Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and a dash of Cabernet Franc. Sixty per cent of the grapes come from Sonoma County, 32 per cent from Central Coast and eight per cent from Mendocino County, places where the price per ton of grape can be less expensive than those from Napa Valley. It is aged 12 months in 100 per cent French oak, 35 percent new. It offers a dark ruby color, rich blackberry, black cherry, vanilla, cassis, tobacco aromas and flavors ripe and smooth in the mouth are balanced with vibrant acidity and polished tannins, perfect for a grilled sirloin."

94 Points - Rebecca Murphy, Wine Review Online, May 2022


Bottles Per Case 12 Pack
Point Score 94
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness Descriptor D - Dry See Sweetness Chart
Sugar Content (g/L) 4.8 g/L
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Duckhorn
Region California (USA), North Coast (USA)
Alcohol 13.9% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2019
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 98% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
Food Pairing Cured Meat, Ham, Hard Cheese, Pasta, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables, Veal roasted
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $443.88

The Producer


Founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting classic Napa Valley wines for nearly 40 years. This winemaking tradition has grown to include seven meticulously farmed Estate vineyards, located throughout the various microclimates of the Napa Valley. Focused on quality and consistency, these Estate vineyards are an essential element in making wines of distinction. Pioneering and perfecting Merlot as a premium varietal, Duckhorn Vineyards now makes several elegant Merlot and distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings that showcase its premium vineyard sites. Duckhorn Vineyards has been named one of the “Top 100 Wineries” in the world seven times by Wine & Spirits, and the 2014 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot Three Palms Vineyard was named the “2017 Wine of the Year,” topping Wine Spectator’s annual list of the world’s “Top 100 Wines.” The Duckhorn Vineyards winemaking program is led by acclaimed Winemaker Renée Ary, who is only the fourth winemaker in the winery’s storied history.

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