Duckhorn Vineyards St Helena
This has evolved into a mid-sized operation since it was founded in 1978. The main focus of the operation is Merlot. A good regular Napa Valley bottling is joined by top-end examples from estate fruit as well as two other premium labels from the Rector Creek Vineyard and the Three Palms Vineyard. Examples are also released from Atlas Peak and Carneros. Cabernet Sauvignon is also good. As well as the Napa bottling, two single-vineyard wines, Monitor Ledge and Rector Creek, are also produced. The style was of an iron fist but is tamer these days, with suppler tannin. The wines will still benefit from 4 or 5 years’ cellaring and the top wines will keep very well. Decent whites are also made and as well as a Bordeaux style Sauvignon Blanc (with a little Sémillon) a similarly priced barrel fermented Chardonnay is also made. The Duckhorn label also includes a Cabernet Franc and a Petit Verdot. The Paraduxx Z Blend is an unusual blend of Zinfandel with a touch of Cabernet, while the Decoy label from Napa and Sonoma Coast maintains the integrity of the top wines offering good and forward approachable wines. A new winery facility for the Paraduxx has now been completed and a range of reds and whites are produced along with a rosé. The Duckhorns have also purchased vineyards and a winery in the cool Anderson Valley to produce stylish Pinot Noir under the GOLDENEYE label and under the Migration brand premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is produced from both AVA and single vineyard sources. Details of all the wines can be found on the Duckhorn website. (DM)
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