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Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot 2012, Susanne’s Wine Pick

Susanne'sWine Pick

Susanne’s Wine Pick

 Merlot Madness and Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot 2012.

I know Merlot Madness was back in October but what can I say, I can be slow out of the gate sometimes, my wine pick comes from a winery that is renown for being the benchmark for this varietal, served at Presidential nominations and the white house. It is a treat for this time of year, at $59.95 a bottle in our market, but delish, share with your wine loving friends, or not, keep for yourself, just kidding, the wine is from the Napa Valley, it is the Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot 2012.

On this week’s radio show… Holiday hits! What will be in your glass this season?


Listen to my wine review at 4:44 minutes in the show

A Merlot Blend
—VINTAGES#: 992529   STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth  $59.95

A fresh style of Merlot with light chocolate and blueberry character. Medium body, firm tannins and a crisp finish, full bodied, smooth.

And we interviewed the winemaker Renee Ary, a brilliant winemaker, she’s been at Duckhorn for about 12 years now and guides the entire Duckhorn portfolio.


Renée Ary joins the Duckhorn Vineyards team under then winemaker, Mark Beringer. Throughout her first decade at Duckhorn Vineyards, Renée learns every detail of production moving from lab manager to enologist to assistant winemaker to associate winemaker in charge of Duckhorn’s Sauvignon Blanc and Monitor Ledge Vineyard wines.


October is Merlot Madness Month,starring benchmark Merlot producer Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley

October is Merlot Madness Month,starring benchmark Merlot producer Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley

October is Merlot Madness Month,starring benchmark Merlot producer Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley

Happy Halloween !!! @DuckHornWine We recommend you eat, drink, and be scary this Halloween! #MerlotMe #Halloween #scary

On this week’s audio podcast…
October is Merlot Madness Month


Calling all Merlot wine skeptics out there and all you Merlot wine lovers alike!

Get ready for Merlot Madness! October has been officially designated #MerlotMe month in which hundreds of wineries put the spotlight on this grape varietal that may have gotten a bit of a bum wrap you might recall in the blockbuster movie Sideways!

A bum wrap indeed…but do not be fooled! This supple, silky, seductive varietal, boasts playing the starring role in such iconic wines as one of the most revered, sought-after and expensive wines in the world, Chateau Petrus!

In today’s show we visit two wineries that make the most memorable Merlot, benchmark producer Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley and a cool coastal Merlot from super “cool”  Cannonball Wine Company.

Plus prepare to be obsessed with the most stunning stemware,12 Obsession launching in their world wide premiere on The Wine Ladies radio show!

Duckhorn does it best! It is a grape that can and does produce outstanding, delicious, coveted wines such as the one we will open up our show with today, a Merlot served at Presidents inaugurations.This Merlot is the benchmark Merlot for Napa Valley and California, and the company is Duckhorn Vineyards.

Duckhorn Vineyards is actually the initiator of this month long #MerlotMe international spotlight on the varietal, started a few years back…and we’re going to begin by welcoming Renée Ary, the winemaker at Duckhorn to fill us in on her award winning Merlots, as well as give us more info on Merlot Madness!