2011 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: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot; Cooperage: 100% French oak, Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons); Age of Barrels: 100% new
With aromas of truffle, fine cocoa powder, sweet leather, ripe raspberry and forest floor, this is a Cabernet to be contemplated and savored. On the palate, rich, complex flavors of ripe plum, strawberry rhubarb, fig and bramble are underscored by earthy notes and fine, dusty tannins that carry through to a lingering finish.
In one of the coolest growing seasons in memory, we benefited greatly in 2011 from our 35 years of experience farming Bordeaux varietals. To counteract uneven vine growth due to unusual spring weather, we did meticulous green thinning. We also gently opened up the canopy to expose the fruit, were judicious in our picking schedule, and sorted meticulously both in the vineyards and winery. The majority of our Merlot came in before the October rains, and due to our quality adjustments the remainder of our fruit fared well until it was harvested. Warm up-valley locations like Oakville, Rutherford, St, Helena and Calistoga were particularly successful, and overall the resulting wines are pure and elegant.