Winery of the Month
November Winery of the month: Duckhorn
The Holidays are upon us and what better way to enjoy this special season than with a very special winery – Duckhorn. Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent over 40 years establishing itself as one of North America’s premier producers of Bordeaux varietal wines. A great fan of Merlot since traveling to St. Emilion and Pomerol, Dan Duckhorn felt that this elegant varietal was under appreciated in North America. Dedicated to this varietal sets Duckhorn apart from other producers; but their Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon production has balanced out the entire portfolio and reflects the unique character and quality of the vineyards – this would include such high caliber appellations such as Howell Mountain, Carneros, Yountville, Rutherford and St. Helena. These are the perfect wines to pair with your upcoming Thanksgiving banquets and December feasts, or use as stocking stuffers for that great holiday gift! Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Festivities to all!
Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
suggested retail $29.99 – WOTM Special $25.99
Both crisp and complex, this lovely Sauvignon Blanc displays enticing aromas of grapefruit, summer melon, lemongrass and lime zest with subtle hints of boxwood and Mandarin orange. Though it is crisp and refreshing from start to finish, there is a richness to the mid-palate that supports the vibrant fruit with a note of flinty minerality adding nuance and depth.
Chardonnay Napa Valley
suggested retail $34.99 – WOTM Special $29.99
This lush and complex Chardonnay showcases layered aromas of white peach, nectarine, tangerine zest and honeydew melon, followed by rich, warm notes of crème brulée and chai. Though the palate is round and silky, a fluid acidity provides balance and length, while adding definition to flavors of stone fruit, citrus blossom and melon.
Goldeneye Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
suggested retail $54.99 – WOTM Special $44.99
Quintessential Anderson Valley aromas of savory herbs and wild berries soar from the glass. On the palate, a plush, dense mouth feel supports lush flavors of raspberry and blackberry, as well as hints of licorice. Oak-derived notes of clove, brown sugar and vanilla pave the way to a supple finish..
Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley
suggested retail $55.99 – WOTM Special $48.99
An aromatic Merlot with vibrant red fruit layers of Rainier cherry and spiced plum, as well as notes of licorice and thyme. Hints of cedar, leather and savory spice from aging in French oak barrels contribute depth and nuance, while a streak of uplifting acidity adds dimension to this wine’s smooth velvety texture. Dusty tannins frame a sophisticated finish.
Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain
suggested retail $44.99 – WOTM Special $34.99
A well respected but little known AVA of Washington state, Red Mountain is making great strides as an area for excellent Bordeaux varieties. This offers generous black cherry, black raspberry, fruit leather, mineral, spice and herb aromas. The fruit flavors are obviously there, but like most offerings from this appellation, it’s very much about structure, framed by firm, juicy tannins and crisp acidity. t’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.
Duckhorn Paraduxx Red Blend Napa Valley
suggested retail $49.99 – WOTM Special $39.99
On the nose, this aromatic wine displays inviting layers of black raspberry and blackberry pie, along with notes of cinnamon stick, vanilla bean and a touch of brown sugar. The lush fruit character continues on the palate where rich currant and cherry flavors are supported by bright acidity and velvety tannins that draw the wine to a silky, berry and spice finish. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Petit Verdot.
Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
suggested retail $74.99 – WOTM Special $64.99
This Cabernet delivers a beautifully fragrant nose with layered aromas of blackberry, cassis, cinnamon cake, anise, cardamom, tobacco leaf and mocha. On the palate, the entry is soft and smooth with blueberry and bittersweet chocolate flavors, as well as notes of red currant, cedar and sweet spice. The tannins are firm and youthful on the long finish, adding structure and the promise of a long life in the cellar.