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Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent a quarter century establishing itself as one of North America's top producers of Bordeaux varietal wines. Duckhorn were unusual in making an early decision to focus on the production of Merlot. Though many Napa Valley wineries were using Merlot as a blending grape in the late seventies, few were exploring the potential of the varietal as a stand-alone wine. A great fan of Merlot since traveling to St. Emilion and Pomerol, Dan Duckhorn felt that this elegant varietal was under appreciated in North America and deserved more attention. The quality of Duckhorn Vineyards' wines has always been based on a commitment to selecting the finest fruit. The winery's seven estate vineyards are located in alluvial fans of the Napa Valley and on the slopes of Howell Mountain.
As a result of this wealth of prime vineyard, winemaker Bill Nancarrow has numerous vineyard blocks to choose from, each offering markedly different flavour profiles.