2009 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Patzimaro Vineyard
Our Patzimaro Vineyard is located in the St. Helena appellation at the base of Spring Mountain. The site was named after the town of Patzimaro de Aviña in honor of the Hurtado Family, an essential part of the Duckhorn Vineyards winemaking team who migrated from this small village to the Napa Valley in 1987. The vineyard enjoys high daytime temperatures that help to fully ripen the grapes and cool evenings that allow the fruit to retain the natural acidity needed to create balanced, elegantly structured wines.
Varietal Content: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot; Cooperage: 100% French oak, Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons); Age of Barrels: 100% new
With its signature olive, truffle and wet earth aromas, this wine is unmistakably from Patzimaro Vineyard. The earthy entry leads to a juicy mid-palate where dark fruit flavors mingle with French oak notes of vanilla and sweet spice. Fine-grained tannins add warmth and balance, while enhancing the texture and structure of the wine.
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.
This is indeed a special wine! Received it in our fall wine club shipment and had to order 4 more bottles. So smooth, so velvety. I'm usually a Pinot or merlot person but this cab just changed my mind...won't disappoint. Must try...
(Sep 21, 2013 at 7:08 PM)
We opened this bottle for our 6th wedding anniversary with our dinner which consisted of beef tenderloins, lyonese potatoes and sautéed beans with toasted almonds. Fabulous!! The wine complimented the dinner so well! Wonderful finish! Thank you for making such a great wine!