2009 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rector Creek Vineyard
Rector Creek Vineyard is located north of Yountville along the Silverado Trail. A unique climate, combined with Rector Creek’s rocky alluvial soils, creates excellent growing conditions for the vines. The 39-acre site is planted with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The wines from this vineyard exhibit abundant dark red fruit characteristics including black raspberry, with hints of strawberry.
Varietal Content: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot; Cooperage: 100% French oak Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons); Age of Barrels: 100% new
This is a wine with great density, bold tannins and voluptuous dark berry fruit. On the palate, the big tannins offer a framework for abundant blackberry and blueberry flavors, while undertones of espresso, cinnamon and tobacco leaf add to this wine’s full-bodied complexity. With decanting, the flavors are vivid and deep, highlighting the seductive blue fruit elements.
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.