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Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011

Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011

750ML    
Sku: 023831

Duckhorn's Estate Grown wines are blended using the best lots of our Estate ranches. In any given harvest we have 30 or more separate lots of Estate wine. With our estate vineyards, we harvest the grapes at natural maturity, going through some vineyard sites several times, picking only the ripe fruit with each pass. The final blend for our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is approachable in its youth, with a soft texture and notable finesse, but also has the strength to carry forward for a decade or longer.

Review
Although Duckhorn is best known as Napa’s greatest producer of Merlot, they’ve made an outstanding cabernet every year since their first vintage in 1978. Like the Merlot, Duckhorn’s cab is built to age, with deep, powerful fruit and perfect balance between its crisp structure and smooth tannins. As expected, it’s more powerful than the Merlot, and richer, too, with an emphasis on classic notes of cassis, graphite, tobacco and mocha. Capable of maturing in a cool cellar for a decade or more, the balance is such that it can be enjoyed right now with your finest steak or roast. Decanting before serving will help bring out all of the complex fragrance and beauty of this exceptional wine. One of Napa’s best cabernets for over 3 decades!

Wine maker notes
At Duckhorn Vineyards we have been producing Cabernet Sauvignon since 1978. Bringing together fruit from Estate vineyards and top independent growers, this wine embodies the flavorful complexity of Napa Valley winegrowing, while offering a seamless balance between fruit, oak and tannins. To add nuance to classic Cabernet elements of currant, cherry and plum, the blend also includes Merlot, yielding a layered wine that is approachable in its youth, yet worthy of cellaring.

Production Notes
Varietal Content 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot Cooperage 100% French oak château-style barrels (60 gallons)
Barrel Aging: 16 Months Age of Barrels: 30% New, 70% Second Vintage

Winemaker Notes
The 2011 vintage has delivered an elegant, age-worthy and invitingly fragrant expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of red currant, dried cherry, cigar box, cocoa, tobacco leaf and fig compote rise from the glass. On the palate, this wine is fresh and supple with flavors of huckleberry, spiced plum, rhubarb and red currant supported by dusty, fine-grained tannins and hints of cedar and sage.

Production
In one of the coolest growing seasons in memory, we benefited greatly in 2011 from our 35 years of experience farming Bordeaux varietals. To counteract uneven vine growth due to unusual spring weather, we did meticulous green thinning. We also gently opened up the canopy to expose the fruit, were judicious in our picking schedule, and sorted meticulously both in the vineyards and winery. The majority of our Merlot came in before the October rains, and due to our quality adjustments the remainder of our fruit fared well until it was harvested. Warm up-valley locations like Oakville, Rutherford, St, Helena and Calistoga were particularly successful, and overall the resulting wines are pure and elegant.


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