Choose Decoy for Tasty, Value, Local Wines

Decoy Wines by Duckhorn

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 […]

Postmark Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


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 […]

Decoy Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Decoy Sauvignon Blanc

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 […]

Migration Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2017

Migration Pinot Noir

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. […]

Decoy Merlot 2017

Decoy Merlot

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, […]