Not just an entrepreneur but a true visionary, Dan Duckhorn was the first Napa winemaker to see the potential for Merlot as not just something to blend with Cabernet but as the primary grape in a great Napa Valley wine. He founded his winery on that premise and the rest is history. No other Merlot from California has achieved the success, the accolades or the following that Duckhorn enjoys. The wines are always highly allocated and snapped up by legions of loving admirers. The 2013 growing season offered near-perfect growing conditions. A blend of 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc Cooperage 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons) Barrel Aging: 15 Months Age of Barrels: 25% new. It shows exceptional structure and depth with velvety tannins and alluring fruit. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 90 points saying "Duckhorn takes the soft lushness of merlot and brings along some crisp tailoring. It’s a clean wine with stamina, coasting on soft cherry flavor, darkening to blueberry length. A simple pleasure." and Wine Review Online scored it 92 saying "There’s Merlot…and then there’s the real Merlot. Put this 2013 Duckhorn Merlot in the latter category. This should not be surprising. After all, it was Duckhorn with their Three Palms Merlot that showed the heights that this varietal could achieve in Napa. They continue to excel with their “regular” Napa Valley Merlot. Too many Merlot are just soft and sweet. Real Merlot should have earthiness, even an engaging touch of funkiness to it. This one has that and a plush texture but enough support for those fine tannins to give it structure. Sufficient acidity in the finish amplifies it all. Try it now with a steak."