2011 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Franc
2011 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Franc
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At Duckhorn Vineyards, we have been working with Napa Valley Cabernet Franc for over a quarter century, exploring its ability to add elegance and complexity to our blends and its capacity to produce stand-alone wines of stature and sophistication. Incorporating both valley and mountain-grown fruit with an emphasis on older vines, low yields and warmer vineyards, our Cabernet Franc offers beautiful varietal notes of dark cherry, raspberry and red currant with hints of tobacco leaf and graphite.

Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
4 Napa Valley vineyards
Production Notes
Varietal Content: 91% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon; Cooperage: 100% French oak, Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons); Age of Barrels: 50% new, 50% second vintage
Winemaker Notes
This is a complex and compelling wine with aromas of blackberry, dragon fruit, spiced plum, dried herbs and espresso. On the full-bodied entry, firm, fine-grained tannins add to the age-worthy structure, while contributing lovely richness to brooding flavors of black raspberry, graphite and tobacco leaf.
In one of the coolest growing seasons in memory, we benefited greatly in 2011 from our 35 years of experience farming Bordeaux varietals. To counteract uneven vine growth due to unusual spring weather, we did meticulous green thinning. We also gently opened up the canopy to expose the fruit, were judicious in our picking schedule, and sorted meticulously both in the vineyards and winery. The majority of our Merlot came in before the October rains, and due to our quality adjustments the remainder of our fruit fared well until it was harvested. Warm up-valley locations like Oakville, Rutherford, St, Helena and Calistoga were particularly successful, and overall the resulting wines are pure and elegant.
Other Notes
Released: April 2014
Wine Specs
Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
October 2 - 23, 2011
0.59 g/100 ml titratable acidity
15 Months in Barrel
10-12 days fermentation at 80°F
Bottling Date
May 2013
Alcohol %
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