2012 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay
2012 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay
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At Duckhorn Vineyards, we have been making wine using grapes from the finest Napa Valley vineyards for over 35 years. Building on this rich history, our Napa Valley Chardonnay comes from the coolest regions. In the cellar, we applied classic techniques of French oak barrel fermentation with lees stirring, resulting in a Chardonnay that balances the complexity and richness of Napa Valley.

Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
11 Vineyards Harvested
Production Notes
Varietal Content 100% Chardonnay Cooperage 100% French Oak Château-style barrels (60 Gallons) 90% Barrel-fermented 45% New oak, 55% Second Vintage 4 months sur lie
Winemaker Notes
This lush and complex Chardonnay showcases layered aromas of white peach, nectarine, tangerine zest and honeydew melon, followed by rich, warm notes of crème brulée and chai. Though the palate is round and silky, a fluid acidity provides balance and length, while adding definition to flavors of stone fruit, citrus blossom and melon.
Production
The 2012 growing season 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: April 2014
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 20 — November 3, 2012
Sugar
22.5° Brix
Acid
0.50 g/100 ml titratable acidity
pH
3.71
Fermentation
14-28 days fermentation at 50-65° F
Bottling Date
August 2013
Alcohol %
14.1
Wine Enthusiast
90
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