Duckhorn Napa Valley 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, $57.79-$72.99, 93 points, began in the glass a fresh purple/red with a broad clear rim.
Aromatic with cinnamon, clove, cedar, violets, licorice, and blueberry.
The near full body was juicy and lush with good acidity and an accelerating, but pleasant tannin.
Flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, just a touch of tart pomegranate with hints of tobacco and eucalyptus were clean and lovely.
Finished long on the trailing palate with white pepper and a touch of heat (14.5% alcohol).
Merlot lovers may just be surprised just how much they'll love this wine; if you love Merlot, but shy away from Cabernet Sauvignon, then get out of that box with this one; you'll thank me.
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