Thank you @Duckhornwines for introducing us to your latest releases. Among them a few of my new favorites! 2014 Duckhorn Chardonnay Napa Toyon Vineyards, 2014 Decoy Merlot Sonoma and 2015 Decoy Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma. Utilizing a mix of Estate vineyards and growers throughout the Sonoma and Napa Valley, these fine wines from the Duckhorn family have set a high standard for American Fine Wine. I now know what we will be serving with Thanksgiving Dinner!
From a mid to late October harvest, to the first part of November when fermentation is complete, it is time to press the grapes and transfer the wine to barrels where it will age and mature until the perfect time for bottling.
When it is time for sipping, first look at the wine for clarity and appealing color. Then aerate the wine, swirling your glass by the base and enjoy the aroma (aka "nose") absorbing the wine's flavors and aromatics. Lastly, holding the glass by the stem (never the bowl), sip and enjoy!