This is Season 2 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angles are 1) Anyone can drink unique, delicious wines and I’ll show you how, and 2) I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4-6 wines each time. Hope you like it and buy my picks! Here’s the article on NapaValleyRegister.com. Choose Decoy Wines for Tasty, Value and Local By broadcasting my persona as the accessible, great-value wine finder, I usually have to look further than Napa and Sonoma. It’s no secret why – […]
A new label and new wine from Duckhorn Vineyards, Postmark hits the “value” zone for Napa Valley Cabernet at $35/bottle. Made in a modern style for drinking tonight (ripeness bordering on jamminess, medium-low acid, soft tannins, attractive frame of toasty new oak), the Postmark delivers delicious Napa Cab flavors and easy satisfaction. If I was still in the wine retail business I’d sell a ton of this wine because it’s easy to like and the price is right.
A solid California Sauvignon Blanc start to finish, showing off smells and flavors of honeydew melon, papaya, lemon-lime and lemongrass. Pleasing tang of acidity in the mouth and a finish that fleshes out, leaving you with lemon zest garden herbs on the finish. Decoy’s umbrella-winery Duckhorn knows a thing or two about making premium Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. As a premium-value label, Decoy aims to delivery exceptional value. It sets up to bring us an exceptional $20 bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, You’d be well-served to keep a stash of this wine for pop-in guests and weekday fish nights. It is […]
Sweet, warm aromas of black cherry and dark plum jams with dark cocoa and toasty barrel introduce you to the Migration Pinot Noir. Dark, ripe, rich sensations continue in the mouth with dark red cherry compote, cinnamon and framboise. Rich, spicy, sexy/toasty barrel and juicy dark cherry flavors continue through its smooth 25 second finish. This is a real crowd-pleaser. It’s been 20 years since Migration launched under the Duckhorn Winery umbrella. They focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from cool-climate vineyard sites.
Loads of ripe, dark red and blue berries, pomegranate and a smidge of vanilla & toasted pastries introduce the Decoy Merlot 2017. In the mouth it’s more of the same: ripe but not overripe, smooth and rich. I pick up some cocoa and bay leaves, but first & foremost I get fruit in this low-tannin, medium acidity, drink-me-tonight wine. Decoy’s umbrella-winery Duckhorn knows a thing or two about making premium Merlot. As a premium-value label, Decoy aims to delivery exceptional value. It sets up to bring us an exceptional $25 bottle of, for all intents and purposes, “Estate” Merlot. Most […]