Posts Tagged Decoy

2013 Decoy Zinfandel, Sonoma County

Many Sonoma County Zinfandels have what we call a “pectin petulance,” and this one is no exception. After that initial impression subsides, a black raspberry jelly note emerges. Refined and smooth for a Zin, with just a light dusting of... Read more

2013 Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

Still a baby, this wine is a little rough around the edges, but its dusty, fine-grained tannins keep it approachable in its youth. Opaque crimson/black in hue, it shows a mild herbal note, joined by blackberry, cocoa powder and fleshy black fruit... Read more

2013 Decoy Merlot, Sonoma County

From first sniff through satisfying finish, this is an exceptional Merlot — an example of what the variety has to offer in favorable vintages. In fact, a number of multi-variety blends were tested but, ultimately, it was decided to go with a 100... Read more

2012 Decoy Red Wine, Sonoma County

There is nothing unusual about seeing a blend comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. But adding Zinfandel to the mix? That’s reminiscent of the “field blends” that 19th and 20th century Italian immigrants concocted — and... Read more

2013 Decoy Pinot Noir, Sonoma County

This is a wine that’s easy to like, even if its aroma and flavor impressions are subtle rather than elevated. There are some nice cherry notes, along with red raspberry, black tea and menthol. There’s also a woodsy quality throughout, with a... Read more

2013 Decoy Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Frankly, some Chardonnays — particularly from California — can be a bit heavy during the hot summer months. Not this one. Medium straw in hue, it evokes marshmallow-vanilla, a vague hint of butter, apple and light butterscotch in the finish. And... Read more

2014 Decoy Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

If you like the pungent herbal character of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, this wine may not be up your alley. On the other hand, if you appreciate floral wines with lots of sweet fruit flavor and plump juiciness, crack open this wine from Sonoma... Read more

2010 Decoy Zinfandel, Sonoma County

One sniff, and you know this is Zinfandel, with its jammy raspberry and white pepper aroma. The raspberry flavor explodes on the palate, causing one member of our tasting panel to have a vision of raspberry jam slathered on a slice of white bread.... Read more

2010 Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County

Opaque red/purple in color, this perfumed wine offers impressions of black cherry, black berries, black olive and a hint of cream. It’s a mouth-filling wine with large, rounded, chewy, chocolate tannins. Ideal for accompanying leg of lamb with an... Read more

2010 Decoy Merlot, Sonoma County

This wine is translucent red plum in color, with one-fifth of the cuvee consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of menthol, cedar chest, mint and high-toned bell pepper lead to flavors of dark cherry, currant and a hint of vanilla. Soft in the... Read more