LCBO Vintages Release
In 2012, after several years of working with its coveted grapes, Decoy acquired the renowned Ridgeline Vineyard property, fulfilling a long-held dream of establishing an Estate program in the Alexander Valley and Sonoma County. The lush, structured Bordeaux-varietal fruit from this storied vineyard has become a central element in the Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and flagship Decoy Red, further enhancing the quality of the wines and underscoring the winery’s belief in the importance of Estate vineyards.
Located approximately 90 miles north of San Francisco, Ridgeline Vineyard is situated on Oak Mountain in the Alexander Valley AVA – Sonoma County’s finest appellation for growing Bordeaux grapes. The property consists of 44 unique hillside vineyard blocks, with different soils and elevations (up to nearly 2,000 feet). Though this spectacular mountain vineyard spans more than 400 acres, only 89 acres are under vine. The rest is preserved in its natural state, providing a stunning backdrop to the vine rows. Looming high above Alexander Valley at the north end of the Mayacamas mountain range, Ridgeline primarily consists of Cabernet Sauvignon and the other Bordeaux red grapes.
Originally planted in 1999, the site benefits from an east-west exposure for maximum sunlight, and a north-south vertical axis for ideal drainage. Steep slopes further contribute to drainage, resulting in lower yields and concentrated flavours. These factors, and the site’s primarily Boomer and Sobrante loam soils, threaded with interlacing natural mineral springs, provide remarkable conditions for cultivating red grapes with phenomenal colour, flavour and structure. Additionally, while summer daytime temperatures are high enough to suit heat-loving red grapes, the rapid cooling effect of evening fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean preserves the fresh, enlivening acidity of the fruit as it ripens.
“Duckhorn’s [Decoy] ‘everyday wine for the well-informed’ line always represents decent value. No exception here. Blackberry, cassis, spice, creamy tannins and a well-integrated finish deliver Duckhorn quality once again. Add easy availability and you’ve got yet another winner. Contains 10% Merlot.”
89 points, Rich Cook, winereviewonline.com, Aug 2016