2014 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.
Wine & Spirits
This vintage offers the silken red fruit of cooler Napa Valley cabernet sites and the extravagance of riper fruit. For all its supple richness, it feels racy, a savory matrix of red and black fruit, salty mineral tones and oak smoke. The integration is impressive, suggesting it will develop into a complex maturity with cellar time.
Composition: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot; Aging & Oak: 100% French Oak, 95% New Oak, 5% Neutral and 6 additional month in 100% Neutral
As it evolves in the glass, this graceful and inviting wine reveals a dazzling array of aromas from cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and cocoa powder to fresh boysenberry, currant and ripe red plum. The flavors are every bit as complex as the aromas, with layers of blackberry, plum, licorice, vanilla and violet accentuated by elegant tannins and a plush, velvety texture. The finish is long and satisfying, with a hint of dusty tannins and bittersweet dark chocolate.
Here in Napa Valley, the 2014 growing season delivered our third exceptional vintage in a row, yielding wines with ideal concentration, elegant tannins and lovely varietal flavors. Though the 2013/2014 winter was one of the driest on record, heavy rains in February and March provided the vines much-needed moisture at just the right time. A warm spring triggered an early budbreak, and perfect weather throughout the summer allowed the grapes to achieve ideal ripeness with pure, focused flavors and resolved tannins. Harvest began on August 5th and ended on October 15th, and though it was quite compact, we were able to pick all of our grapes based solely on flavor, resulting in another fantastic vintage.