2009 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Monitor Ledge Vineyard
2009 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Monitor Ledge Vineyard
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This wine displays all of the lush, concentrated red fruit character that has come to define Cabernet Sauvignon from Monitor Ledge.

Wine Profile
90 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide - Although showing a fair degree of the same oaky sweetness that marks all of its 2009 mates, Duckhorn’s Monitor Ledge Cabernet is directed by so much deep and well-defined varietal fruit that it does not abdicate to confection. Its sweeter leanings are tempered by integral tannins, and it exhibits lots of good overall balance. It should pick up a bit more complexity as it waits in bottle, and it strikes us as one that will come into its own in but four or five years
Vineyard Notes
Monitor Ledge Vineyard
Production Notes
Varietal Content 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot Cooperage 100% French oak Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons) Barrel Aging: 18 months Age of Barrels: 100% new
Winemaker Notes
There is a beautiful balance between depth and brightness with flavors of red briar fruit accented by layers of vanilla and licorice. A rich, creamy mid-palate leads to a satisfying finish, with dusty tannins adding length and dimension.
From our first Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc blocks to our final red-varietal Estate picks, our 2009 harvest spanned more than two months. Though the 2009 growing season presented certain challenges—from early shatter to late-season rain—a thoughtful response in the vineyards yielded smaller-than-normal crops of high-quality fruit. This response included aggressive leafing, an early thinning protocol and a heavy field sort to select only the most desirable grapes.
Other Notes
Release Date: September 2012
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Monitor Ledge Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 30 – October 23, 2009
27.6° Brix
.58 g/100ml titratable acidity
18 months, 100% French oak Chateau-style barrels
10-12 days fermentation at 80°F
Bottling Date
July 2011
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