2010 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
At Duckhorn Vineyards we have been producing Cabernet Sauvignon since 1978. Bringing together fruit from Estate vineyards and top independent growers, this wine embodies the flavorful complexity of Napa Valley winegrowing, while offering a seamless balance between fruit, oak and tannins. To add nuance to classic Cabernet elements of currant, cherry and plum, the blend also includes Merlot, yielding a layered with that is approachable in its youth, yet worthy of cellaring.
79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc
100% French oak château-style barrels (60 gallons)
Age of Barrels: 25% New, 75% Second Vintage
The 2010 vintage has delivered a beautifully fragrant wine with layered aromas of blackberry, cassis, cinnamon cake, anise, cardamom, tobacco leaf and mocha. On the palate, the entry is soft and smooth with blueberry and bittersweet chocolate flavors, as well as notes of red currant, cedar and sweet spice. The tannins are firm and youthful on the long finish, adding structure and the promise of a long life in the cellar.
Due to a wet spring and mild growing season the 2010 harvest started 2 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.
my wife and i purchased this wine after a tasting in rocky river,ohio,it was wonderful...we opened the bottle we bought and the first thing was the cork broke and crumpled .then when we tried it,it tasted much differant from what we taste tested..it was bitter..70$ seems like such a waste of money for this wine...i,m sure it was a one time thing,because these normally are exquisite wines...we are just so disappointed.
(Aug 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM)
The 2010 Napa Valley is currently my favorite cab (when willing to treat myself with a $70 bottle). I haven't been disappointed with any bottle from Duckhorn or Paraduxx so far...keep up the good work!
To the comment above (S.B., Jan. 26, 2014) - Ask yourself a question. If at the tasting you enjoyed it, don't you think something compromised your bottle prior to you opening it? No need to bash Duckhorn with a 2-star review when there was something obviously wrong with THAT bottle.
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(Sep 10, 2014 at 9:06 PM)
Just opened this 2010 cab for a dinner w/grilled top sirloin. Beautiful nuanced fruit. Elegant with good body to carry the fruit to the back palate with a smoky, tobacco and leather finish. Very polished for a four year old wine. -9/10/2014