90 Points - Wine Spectator
2012 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.
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Varietal Content: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot; Cooperage: 100% French oak Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons); Age of Barrels: 85% new, 15% second vintage
Once again, Patzimaro has yielded an intensely aromatic wine with alluring layers of cherry cola, graphite, petrichor and plum sauce. As it continues to open up, additional notes of licorice and rose petal slowly reveal themselves, showcasing the wine’s depth and complexity. On the palate, round supple tannins support abundant flavors of blueberry, olive, cherry wood and black licorice.
The 2012 growing season offered near-perfect growing conditions. Though budbreak was late due to heavy spring rains, warm weather during bloom allowed the vines to set a large crop. Increased yields were the result of more berries, not larger berries. This translated into even higher quality in the winery, as the skin-to-juice ratio remained ideal. Slightly cooler-than-average post-veraison weather and a lack of any heat events allowed for greatly extended hang time. Harvest was 2-3 weeks later than average, and the grapes arrived at the winery in pristine condition.
Released: April 2015
October 2 - 21, 2012
0.60 g/100ml titratable acidity
18 Months in Barrel
10-12 days fermentation at 80°F
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