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DECOY Red Blend  Sonoma County 2017  

Retail Price: $25

Value Rating: 5.6

Wine Factor: 1.5
Date Posted: March 9, 2020
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DDWA Score: 92.5

Hall of Fame Value


I really like this wine. Smells and tastes of fresh red berries, French toast (just the smell), black licorice and pomegranate. This is ripe buy stays away from the popular over-ripe red blend style. I prefer the non-jammy character of the Decoy Red Blend. This can be found for under $20/bottle in some retail outlets in and around Napa. If you find it for $17-18/bottle, buy a bunch and share it for most any occasion, casual or kind of fance. The blend is 49% Cabernet Sauvignon followed by Merlot, Zinfandel, Petit Sirah and Syrah.

Decoy Wines are part of the Duckhorn Wine Company portfolio. It began in 1985 with one wine, a Napa Valley Red Blend. The Decoy line expanded in 2008 and 2009 to seven wines in all, representing Napa, Sonoma and Anderson Valley, Mendocino. The last decade saw the Decoy wines focus (almost) solely on Sonoma County following Duckhorn’s big investment in vineyards and a winery there. Taking Decoy’s own words, they make “ready-upon-release wines that are capable of expressing their full charm and complexity in their youth.” As a whole, these wines are equally satisfying when you’re home solo with a burger & Netflix or you’re on the town and you find it offered by the glass.

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This is a DDWA “Hall of Fame Value.” See all my Hall of Fame and Awesome Value wines on my Best of the Best Value list.

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