Duckhorn Vineyards is based in the town of Saint Helena in the Napa Valley region of California. In addition to wines produced under their flagship Duckhorn label, their portfolio also includes wines produced under their Paraduxx, Goldeneye, Migration, and Decoy labels.
The 2010 Duckhorn Vineyards Decoy Pinot Noir Sonoma County was 100% Pinot Noir. It was aged in French oak barrels (90% second vintage, 10% new) for 6 months. The wine was produced with grapes from 10 different vineyards. The label listed ABV was 14.5%.
In April of this year, I had the good fortune to attend a wine tasting dinner for Duckhorn Vineyards at Salt Creek Grille in Rumson, NJ. The wine selection that evening was interesting, but it did not include anything from the Decoy lineup. I came across the 2010 Decoy Pinot Noir in a local beverage store.
I’ve come to like many Duckhorn wines. I was hoping to add the Decoy Pinot Noir to the list.
This was a PNP.
Sniffing the wine, bright fruit emanated from the glass. Raspberry and cherry were most notable. The fruit combined with light floral notes and a bit of vanilla.
As I took a sip, the first thing I noticed was how light-bodied the wine was. It was much lighter than what I typically sip, not unpleasant, just lighter. The flavors of black fruit and plum filled my mouth. There was also a touch of smoky caramel and vanilla. The tannins were super soft.
The finish on this wine was long, a soft landing of smokiness.
Overall, this was a nice bottle of wine. It drinks well with or without food. It could easily be served as a house wine for guests.
The 2010 Duckhorn Vineyards Decoy Pinot Noir Sonoma County retails in the $20 range. It offers good value at that price point. It is a flavorful, smoky, light-bodied Pinot Noir. I hope you get to try some soon.