Merlot Blend

Duckhorn 2006 The Discussion Red Napa Valley

Beginning in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards in St. Helena, Calif., established a tradition of using Merlot rather than Cabernet Sauvignon as the primary varietal in this blend, much as the right-bank chateaux do in Bordeaux. The 2006 vintage displays the seductive, tranquil softness of the Merlot along with notes of clove, allspice, blueberry, and loam.

Amuse Bouche 2006 Red Wine

Tasting notes: Silky, elegant, and smoky, this California take on pomerol is cooler than, say, the bright, berry-filled 2005 vintage, showing more dark plum and earthy spice. Worth knowing: Produced by former Screaming Eagle winemaker Heidi Barrett, this small-production wine features the work of a different contemporary artist on the label of each vintage. Buyers […]

Château Cheval Blanc 2005 Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

Tasting notes: As might be expected, Cheval Blanc outperforms, exhibiting a heady nose of lush black fruit and spice followed by complex notes of cocoa, vanilla and berry on the palate. It finishes as seamlessly as it begins. Worth knowing: Château Cheval Blanc was owned by the Fourcaud-Laussac family for 166 years. They sold the […]