While trying to decide on a few bottles of wine to take for a week is semi-isolation, I noticed the 2018 Decoy Sauvignon Blanc first. On the opposite shelf in the store that same “Duck” logo popped into sight. So I decided to make it a themed selection, sticking with the Duckhorn Vineyards portfolio of Decoy Wines. So, I also picked up the 2018 Pinot Noir and 2016 Zinfandel.
The 2018 Decoy Sauvignon Blanc comes from vineyards in Sonoma Valley, and was produced in 100% stainless steel.
This enticing wine offers vivid flavors of pink grapefruit and white peach, as well as lovely notes of lemon zest and citrus blossom. On the palate, refreshing acidity mingles with a subtle undercurrent of sweet fruit that carries through to a bright and lively finish.
The 2016 Decoy Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley) was produced from fruit coming from from vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley, an area widely recognized for producing exceptional high-end Zinfandel. The actual blend is 93% Zinfandel, and 7% Petite Sirah, and it was stored in 100% French Oak.
With an abundance of wild blackberry and strawberry flavors, as well as layers of violet and fresh-cracked black pepper, this exceptionally balanced Zinfandel offers silky tannins and mouth filling richness. The finish is lush and elegant, highlighting the best of Sonoma County Zinfandel.
I was very pleased with these wine selections. I had tried a few other Decoy wines in the past, and these certainly held up to my expectations.