Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    $69.99

    At Duckhorn Vineyards they 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.

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    Production Notes

    Varietal Content 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% 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

    Both generous and graceful, this is a lovely expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of black raspberry, red currant, vanilla bean and milk chocolate. One the palate, firm yet supple tannins add weight and structure, supporting layers of plum, raspberry and cinnamon spice.

    Production

    2012 offered near-perfect growing conditions. Though budbreak was late due to heavy spring rains, warm weather during bloom allowed the vines to set a large crop. Increased yields were the result of more berries, not larger berries. This translated into even higher quality in the winery, as the skin-to-juice ratio remained ideal. Slightly cooler-than-average post-veraison weather, and a lack of any heat events allowed for greatly extended hang time. Harvest was 2-3 weeks later than average, and the grapes arrived at the winery in pristine condition.

    Other Notes

    Released: March 2015

    Wine Specs

    Vintage: 2012
    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
    Appellation: Napa Valley
    Harvest Date: September 1 — November 3, 2012
    Sugar: 25.5° Brix
    Acid: 0.61 g/100ml
    pH: 3.66
    Bottling Date: April 2014
    Alcohol %: 14.5

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