Highly-rated red – Decoy Limited Napa Valley Red


Should we trust wine ratings? 

That’s difficult to say.   

Wine ratings have always been

and will always be subjective, not scientific.   


Every wine drinker has their own palette.


The major publications such as Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast

and Wine Spectator go to great lengths to legitimize

their tasting protocols and evaluation methods.   


Will you always agree with their opinions? 

Probably not. 


Nonetheless, their reviews serve as solid reference points

when you’re trying to determine what to buy

or what to pass by. 


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It’s Wine Thursday! 


Every Thursday, we check out a good wine 

that sells at a reasonable price

and is easy to find in store or online. 


“Good” wine? 

We think so. 

But one of those major magazines

believes this week’s featured wine is 

very good.





Wine Spectator recently announced their

Top Ten wine values of the past 12 months.   

Our Wine Thursday! featured wine

came in at #2 on the Wine Spectator list.  


Where it’s from  

Decoy started as the second label of Duckhorn wines. 

But Decoy has evolved into its own distinctive brand.

With a winemaking facility in Hopland, California,

north of Sonoma County, Decoy has established itself

as a significant producer of mid-level wines

including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon

and this week’s featured wine, the Decoy Red Blend.  


What it is 

Decoy Red is a California version of what is known 

as a Bordeaux blend, a mix of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. 


Here’s where that aforementioned subjectivity comes into play. 

If you don’t like Merlot, chances are you won’t

agree with the lofty ratings this wine has received. 

But if you are a fan of the Bordeaux blend,

this is a terrific example of the genre. 


It’s full-bodied and bold…Zinfandel plays a role here

coming in at 16% of the blend…but it’s quite well balanced. 

Bursting with blackberry and vanilla flavors,  

it has medium tannins and body.   

All in all, it’s very drinkable on its own

while it would pair well with roast beef, lamb or veal.


The price is near the top end of our scale…

depending on where you buy it,

you’ll pay $25 plus…

but 75% of the fruit in Decoy Red

comes from coveted Napa Valley vineyards

which probably explains the higher price tag. 


Where to buy it    

Total Wine and Safeway have Decoy Red for $24.99. 

The price at QFC is $25.99. 

Bev Mo’s price is $27.99. 

Kroger and Fred Meyer stores have it for $28.99. 

You can order it from Empire Wine for $22.99  


Wine.com lists it at $20.99  


The price at Buy Wines Online is $24.95 


Same price at K & L…$24.95