92 Points - Wine Spectator
2007 Duckhorn Vineyards Estate Grown Monitor Ledge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
The fruit from Monitor Ledge has been an important component of our wine blends since 1985. It is located on the alluvial fan of Selby Creek where water drains rapidly in the lean soil, the vines struggle to grow, and the resulting fruit has intensity and structure that make the wines unique.
Varietal Content: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot; Cooperage: 100% French oak Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons); Age of Barrels: 100% new
A true reflection of its vineyard origins, this wine offers all of the lush red-fruit character and creamy mouth-filling texture that make Cabernet Sauvignon from Monitor Ledge so distinctive and appealing. At the same time, from its inky black hue to its supporting notes of dark raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry, cocoa and anise, this is a particularly complex and age-worthy expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from Monitor Ledge. To accentuate the wine’s round, plush texture and inviting red fruit, the final blend incorporates 11 percent Merlot.
The 2007 growing season began early and was unusually dry, with rainfall totals that were 50 percent below average. Cool spring weather continued into the summer with temperatures down by approximately 5 degrees from August through October. The cool, steady weather produced a long harvest spread out over 80 days. This relaxed pace allowed us to pick in multiple passes, ensuring ideal ripening and flavor development in the fruit.
Released: September 2010
Monitor Ledge Vineyard
September 1 - October 31, 2007
0.58 g/100ml titratable acidity
20 Months in Barrel
10-12 days fermentation at 80°F