2010 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

2010 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

Appellation
Napa Valley

Type
Red
Varietal
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 100% Cabernet Franc Cooperage 100% French oak, Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons) Age of Barrels: 50% new, 50% second vintage
Winemaker Notes
A subtle note of wet river rocks frames this wine’s layered aromas of ripe raspberry, violets, licorice and clove. On the palate, the entry is elegant and long, balancing mouthwatering blackberry and currant flavors with hints of cedar and leather. Though powerful, the tannins are very well integrated and provide lovely structure, supporting the fruit and giving the wine excellent length.
Production
Due to a wet spring and mild growing season the 2010 harvest started two weeks later than we would normally expect. Later, milder seasons tend to result in wines of fine elegance and balanced natural acidity. This is exactly what we see in our white wines and the best reds from superior locations. During harvest the conditions (a strong heat wave and then significant late rains), caused us to be very diligent in the vineyards fine tuning the fruit and making timely picking decisions. In the winery we took precautions to be respectful to the characteristics of the fruit and feel that has resulted in wines of character and intrigue.
Other Notes
Release Date: May 2013
Wine Specs
Vintage
2010
Varietal
Cabernet Franc
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 29—November 3, 2010
Sugar
27.5° Brix
Acid
.60 g/100 ml titratable acidity
PH
3.50
Aging
15 months
Fermentation
10-12 days fermentation at 80°F
Bottling Date
June 2012
Alcohol %
14.5
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