2010 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Franc
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.
Varietal Content: 100% Cabernet Franc; Cooperage: 100% French oak, Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons); Age of Barrels: 50% new, 50% second vintage
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.
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.