2008 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

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94 Points
Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online
11/03/2009
The Merlot king of the Napa Valley is also the Sauvignon king. In this case the Sauvignon is Sauvignon Blanc, and Duckhorn does it as well or better than anyone else in the Napa Valley -- and has since the first vintage in 1982. Duckhorn's Sauvignon leans more heavily on the Semillon grape (24 percent) than most other Sauvignons in the valley, lending richness and body that is unique to this producer. Duckhorn's Sauvignon also exhibits a citrus profile of grapefruit and lemon zest that is more pronounced than most, and helps balance the full, rich weight on the palate. The '08 is well balanced and shows hints of minerality and dried herbs.