2010 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley 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: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot; Cooperage: 100% French oak Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons); Age of Barrels: 100% new
This age-worthy gem opens with aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, currant, mocha, graphite and anise, as well as savory layers of soy, leather and cigar box. On the palate there is a brooding intensity with complex flavors of blueberry cobbler, blackcurrant preserves, licorice, sage and cedar, all wrapped in robust, mouth-filling tannins and hints of dusty oak that lead to a long, firm finish.
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.