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in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day fifty-five (Duckhorn Merlot 2007)

Duckhorn Merlot 2007The California Cabernet Sauvignon extended mini tour has ended. I didn’t even know it ended until now. I thought I had bought Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, but it was the Duckhorn Merlot 2007. Sigh.

But not really a sigh. This is supposed to be an exceptional wine. Duckhorn Vineyards in Napa Valley has limited production and distribution, but it has a long history of good wines. Going back to 2000, places like the Wine News and the Wine Enthusiast give it 90+ points for each vintage. (Remember though, I’m distrustful of the Wine Enthusiast after it’s 87 points for the Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon.) Duckhorn Vineyards is apparently so good, it has a cult following. They must be rich cult members because this bottle costs $54, but I got it on sale at Mahan’s for $40.

This bottle has been open for about three hours, and there has been wine in the glass for at least an hour. So it should be open.

It’s pretty dark for a Merlot. It’s about 95% opaque, but the color isn’t dark. It’s ruby in color, and the tall meniscus is sunset purple.

The nose has cantaloupe, cola, eucalyptus, strawberries, and a hint of black pepper.

On the palate are tart green apples, blackberries, cherries, smoke, and it’s kinda juicy. But the juiciness disappears on the dry finish – dry for a merlot.

The texture is quite amazing in its resilience.

In the end, I’m not getting the greatness from this. It’s a good wine, but it’s not $53 or $40 good.  I’ve had equally as good for $12. Still, I’ll say 88 points.

Why does the nose of each wine I try always seem so good? I mean, the wine itself is rarely better than the nose, often as good as the nose, but not often enough is it as good as the nose. If I ever had to quite drinking wine, I’d still order wine with dinner just to smell the bouquet . . . and then to imagine. The nose is, after all, the most imaginative part of the wine. It is always my favorite.

I must have had a bad bottle. Sigh.//


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