This 2016 Napa Valley Merlot from Duckhorn Vineyards is a delicious blend of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc sourced from both their estate vineyards as well as other top sites in Napa Valley. It was aged in 40% new and 60% neutral French oak barrels for 16 months yet the vibrant red fruit flavors still take center stage with more subtle accents from the oak aging showing on the supple, velvety finish that is the classic Duckhorn style. 2016 was another great growing season and this wine is another wonderful expression of the excellent vintage in Napa Valley. Duckhorn is even more excited about the end result, and describes the wine as follows, "The 2016 growing season yielded a classic expression of Napa Valley Merlot, with a fleshy entry and juicy layers of Bing cherry, raspberry and plum, along with hints of blueberry, cedar, vanilla and clove. Underscored by polished tannins, the juiciness of the entry evolves into a lush, silky texture that carries the flavors to a long, generous finish marked by notes of freshly ground coffee beans with a splash of ripe, red cherry."