Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2006
Harvest Notes The 2006 growing season was marked by a very mild summer with a mid-July heat spike that accelerated ripening. Mild temperatures continued throughout the fall allowing for a moderately paced harvest. The long growing season brought complex and intense flavor and aroma development. Comments from the Winemaker The 2006 Sauvignon Blanc has vibrant acidity balanced by toasted oak and a rich mouthfeel. The aroma is a combination of ripe melon, Meyer lemon, kiwi, and pineapple complemented by jasmine, honey, thyme, and a hint of spice. On the palate, the flavors are an intriguing mix of tropical and citrus notes with grapefruit, apricot, lemon grass, papaya, and pineapple that linger on the finish. Varietal Content 78% Sauvignon Blanc 22% Sémillon Harvest Information Appellation: Napa Valley Harvest Dates: August 25 — September 27, 2006 Average Sugar at Harvest: 23.4° Brix 23 Vineyards Harvested Cooperage 100% French Oak Château-style barrels (60 Gallons) 30% Barrel-fermented in new oak 6 months sur lie Technical Data Alcohol: 14.1% 0.56 g/100 ml titratable acidity 21 days fermentation at 50° F pH: 3.33 Bottled: February 2007 Released: April 2007
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.
Zesty, citrussy nose, followed by a bright acidic attac. Lots of lemon and some stone fruits. Very acidic, but long, finish.
Rocky, earthy backbone around bright red and black fruit like berries and currants. Mid palate brings some hints of mocha and cocoa and they last through the finish. - Tasted at winery 4/18/10
A nice, well-balanced wine. Pear and granny smith apples command the aroma, with small tropical fruit scents, floral and melon notes. Bright and simple green fruit flavor with citrus on the attack, some tropical fruit in the body, and a very light mineral taste on the finish. Almost, but not quite off-dry; this wine had a medium body with a shorter, crisp finish. Well balanced; dry but not too acidic. Terrific complement to raw oysters.
Very light, acidic, citrusy wine
Food Pairings for Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
This bold and age-worthy wine brings together grapes from three Estate vineyards to offer a classic expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Showcasing Monitor Ledge’s bright red fruit, Rector Creek’s darker red fruit elements, and Patzimaro’s sophisticated mineral, earth and olive character, the final blend displays nuance and varietal integrity. On the palate, subtle notes of herb, spice, toffee and mocha mingle with layers of cassis, currant and black raspberry to add complexity and elegance.
3,294 cases produced.
Notes: 100% French Oak Château-style barrels (60 gallons) Barrel Aging: 18 months Age of Barrels: 100% new
|Total Acidity: .64 grams per liter|