2012 Duckhorn Vineyards The Discussion Napa Valley Red Wine
Over three decades ago, before crafting their first vintage, the Duckhorns and their winemaker had a passionate discussion at the kitchen table. Though they debated making a cuvée, they chose to focus on varietal wines. Even so, Duckhorn Vineyards has always remained fascinated by the artful blend of varietals from diverse Napa Valley vineyards. Embodying the depth and complexity of a world-class estate program, The Discussion represents the pinnacle of the Duckhorn Vineyards portfolio and the ongoing dialogue that defines great winemaking.
Varietal Composition: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot; Cooperage: 100% French oak château-style barrels (60 gallons); Age of Barrels: 18 months 95% New, 5% Neutral and 6 months 100% Neutral
As compelling as it is complex, this beautiful wine reveals aromas of mahogany, blueberry, star anise, vanilla bean, black currant and rose petal. On the palate, savory hints of sage and graphite add dimension to the rich fruit layers, with supple, rounded tannins contributing to the wine’s elegant structure and impressive length.
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.
A spectacular, all out, decadent treat. Exceptionally full bodied, yet graceful and smooth beyond any of its peers at twice the price. Perfectly blended, the cabernet jumps to the front, while Duckhorn’s amazing Merlot ambience races to the finish. The graceful black licorice overtones layer on the palate like an exquisite dream come true, leaving one to wonder if it could ever be any better than this. A true award winner… filled with finesse and intrigue. Frank and Sandy....tasted 4/9/16