2009 Duckhorn Vineyards Estate Grown Stout Vineyard Merlot

2009 Duckhorn Vineyards Estate Grown Stout Vineyard Merlot

Appellation
Napa Valley

Type
Red
Varietal
Merlot
Wine Enthusiast
91
Robert Parker
94
Connoisseurs' Guide
92
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Stout Vineyard is located in the Howell Mountain appellation, one of the Napa Valley’s most sought-after, ultra-premium winegrowing regions. As a result of its topography, soils and climate, Howell Mountain has distinctly different grape-growing conditions than the valley floor.

Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
1 Estate Vineyard - Stout Vineyard
Production Notes
Varietal Content 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon Cooperage 100% French Oak, Chateau-Style Barrels (60 gallons) Barrel Aging: 18 Months Age of Barrels: 100% New
Winemaker Notes
As with all of our Merlots, this is a wine of depth and structure—a fact that is only enhanced by the Howell Mountain location of Stout Vineyard. Abundant layers of black cherry, raspberry and cranberry are underscored by notes of leather and oak-inspired spice that add nuance and complexity. Though powerful, the tannins are showing a youthful austerity that bodes well for long aging.
Production
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
Released: September 2012
Wine Specs
Vintage
2009
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Stout Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 10 – October 27, 2009
Sugar
27.1° Brix
Acid
0.58 g/100ml
PH
3.57
Aging
18 Months - 100% French Oak, Chateau-Style Barrels (60 gallons)
Bottling Date
July 2011
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Enthusiast
91
Robert Parker
94
Connoisseurs' Guide
92
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