90pts Tasting Panel
Duckhorn created its Decoy line in 2008 as a means of providing the high-quality wine for which it’s known at a more affordable price point. Made with Dry Creek Valley estate grapes, this Sonoma-based Zin offers soft, ripe red fruits (namely strawberry and raspberry) accented with spicy vanilla-cola notes. It’s a juicier-style Zinfandel that doesn’t beat you over the head with jammy richness and texture (perhaps the 17% Petite Sirah makes it seem a bit drier). Per usual, Duckhorn relies on a label depicting its signature fowl to fly above the competition.
90pts Wine Enthusiast
This well-made wine has cherry-berry fruitiness and a likably soft smooth texture, with a rounded approachability to its richness and moderate weight. Blended with 17% Petite Sirah, it has understated power and integrated oak, finishing in a swirl of vanilla.
89pts Wilfred Wong
The 2017 Decoy Zinfandel is straightforward and attractive. Enjoy its bright brambleberry aromas and flavors with an oven-baked pork tenderloin in a red wine reduction sauce. (Tasted: November 25, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
From its lovely dark violet color to its luscious fruit aromas, this wine captures the alluring essence of Sonoma County Zinfandel On the palate, layers of fresh raspberry, blackberry, and cranberry are underscored by an elegant structure that includes supple, refined tannins, balanced acidity and notes of French vanilla and toasty oak.
Blend: 83% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah