Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate Grown 2003
Why? New release! �Outstanding 91 point� rating from Wine Spectator so this new vintage will sell out asap. PORTHOS INSIDER SCOOP: Recently, our team conducted a private tasting of the 10 Biggest �Name� Cabernets from Napa and this wine ended up at the top of the list. This vintage of Far Niente is clearly �worthy� of a few spots in any thirsty collector�s cellar! Tasting Notes: �The new Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied wine that is nicely layered with a velvety smooth, well-integrated structure, round tannins, dense texture, and a long lingering finish that lasts a full 30 seconds. The aroma is concentrated with ripe raspberry, black cherry and toasted oak followed by vanilla, mocha and hints of spice. The flavors are rich with blackberry, currant, dark chocolate and a savory component of lightly roasted coffee. This wine is delicious to enjoy (after decanting an hour) now but will benefit tremendously from a year of cellaring. This wine is Duckhorn�s most age-worthy Cabernet to date and will peak in flavors and balance around 2012 in our opinion.�
Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent a quarter century establishing itself as one of North America's premier producers of Bordeaux varietal wines. From its modest inaugural vintage of 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978, to its addition of Sauvignon Blanc in 1982, Duckhorn Vineyards has crafted a tradition of quality and excellence that continues today.
External Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate Grown
Duckhorn, the house that brought great Merlot to the Napa Valley back in the day (1980s), has also for years been turning out some wonderful Cabernet Sauvignons. With this 2003 from its Patzimaro Vineyard, we have such a wine.Tasted a couple of months ago and just about ready to be released, the wine is showing chocolate malt and blackberry aromas. On the palate it’s soft and smooth with gorgeous fruit and wonderful balance. Hold it for a year and then see it improve over the following 25 years or so.Patzimaro is located in the St. Helena appellation at the base of Spring Mountain. The site was named for the town of Patzimaro de Aviña in honor of the Hurtado Family, an important part of the Duckhorn Vineyards winemaking team since ‘87. The vines are 14 years old.The wine was aged for 1½ years in 100 percent new French oak. The listed alcohol is 14.5 percent and there were 428 cases made.This Cabernet was also selected as an <i>Appellation Signature Wine </i> by a panel of St. Helena winemakers in an Appellation Discovery tasting on June 22, 2006.