2006 | 2007
Wine & Spirits
A selection from three estate vineyards – Patzimaro at the base of Spring Mountain, Rector Creek in Yountville and Stout on Howell Mountain – this is 60 percent cabernet sauvignon blended with merlot and aged in new French oak barrels. The layers and detail those vineyard selections provide are apparent from the moment the wine is opened, and continue to gain clarity over the course of several days. There’s high-toned refinement to the cherry-plum flavor, brightened by scents of red raspberry and conifer. There’s also a plump feel to the tannins as they broaden out, carrying the range of fruit flavors in several directions at once. It’s zesty, luscious and delicious, one of the best wines we’ve tasted from Duckhorn.
95 Points - Cellar Selection
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast
Duckhorn’s new releases are so good, you might hesitate to make the investment on this Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend. True, it’s not the most drinkable of their wines, at this time, but it easily is the most intense and concentrated. Dazzles with a molten core of sweet blackberries, blueberries and cassis, deep and long in the finish. Don’t insult it by drinking before 2013, but you’re better served by holding for far longer, even into the 2020
91 Points - 2 Puffs
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
This is not a wine that blows from the glass, nor is it one that will win admirers for its easy accessibility and immediate ‘sweetness’. It is, however, a quietly compelling one that slowly seduces as each sip and sniff seems to reveal more depth, more nuance and more layering than the last. Its richness is not reliant on runaway ripeness, and its ample underpinnings of tannin in no way make it austere or stern. Its first strength is that of plentiful, very pure fruit, but it is a wine that when cellared away has the pieces in place to grow for a generation.
James Laube, Wine Spectator
Bordeaux-like in its complexity, range of flavor and structure, this taut red shows mineral-laced dried berry, plum jam, sage, cedar and tobacco flavors that are full-bodied and firm nicely on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2021.
Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine
Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, herbal, cedary, dark berry fruit aroma with hints of graphite and dark chocolate; full body; big, rich, plush, herbal, toasty, ripe dark cherry fruit flavors with cedary notes and hints of chocolate and green olive; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. This wine’s forward rich fruit, harmonious balance, and emerging complexity make it very approachable now though it will be even better with a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.