94pts Wine Spectator
Juicy and well-defined, delivering ample range and length, this offers up cassis, crushed plum and red licorice flavors backed by roasted apple wood and red tea notes, all harnessed by a tug of iron through the well-structured finish. Should unwind nicely in the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2032.
94pts Wilfred Wong
The 2017 Duckhorn Vineyards Discussion is an excellent red blend made from top Napa Valley vineyards and Bordeaux grape varieties. TASTING NOTES: This wine is bold and formidable with aromas and flavors of black fruit, licorice, and oak. Enjoy its firm palate and rewarding finish with a grilled, well-marbled ribeye.
The 2017 vintage of The Discussion is a majestic and elegant wine that immediately demands attention with alluring aromas of black cherry compote, chocolate-covered blueberry, fig and cinnamon. As it opens up, hints of clove, toasted hazelnut and espresso bean emerge. On the palate, juicy blueberry, raspberry and pomegranate flavors meld with creamy oak to create a generous palate structure, with focused tannins and hints of sage and savory spice adding complexity to a long, stately finish.