2016 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
We have been producing Cabernet Sauvignon since 1978. Blending fruit from estate vineyards and top Napa Valley growers, this wine embodies the complexity of the valley, while offering a seamless balance between fruit, oak and tannins. To add nuance, the Cabernet is blended with Merlot, yielding a wine that is approachable in its youth, yet worthy of cellaring.
Varietal Content: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc; Cooperage: 100% French oak château style 60 gallon barrels
A classic expression of Napa Valley Cabernet, this wine combines beautiful complexity with rich intensity. Layers of blackberry, huckleberry and black currants are supported by firm, dusty tannins that frame the fruit. On the palate, it is juicy and bright, with luxurious cassis and dark berry flavors supported by notes of fig, cardamom, clove and cracked black pepper that linger on the long, well-structured finish.
2016 offered another near-perfect vintage in Napa Valley! While much-needed rain during the winter months helped to replenish our reservoirs, a dry spring and summer, with moderate temperatures and plenty of sunshine, led to another early harvest. Our first white grapes came into the winery on August 3rd, with the remainder of our whites following at an even, steady pace. A few weeks of ideally timed cool weather in early September provided additional hangtime, yielding bright acids and beautifully articulated flavors in our early ripening reds. Warm, dry weather for the remainder of the season allowed the rest of our grapes to develop rich, concentrated flavors, with polished tannins and wonderful complexity.
My Wife and I enjoyed this 2016 Cab last week with smoked leg of Lamb. We decanted it 60 minutes before we began eating. Our house was about 72 degrees and I was concerned that was too warm for the wine, so I placed a cold pack on top of the decanter. I retrospect, that was unnecessary. The first glass did not compare to those that followed. As the wine approached room temperature and spent time in the wine glass, it opened up considerably showing more depth and balance. We consumed the entire bottle over the course of the meal and as is sometimes the case, the last glass was the best! I will let the next bottle age another few years to allow it to mature and reach its full potential. I would also allow it to be in the decanter a bit longer before drinking it, perhaps 2 hours.
It finished much stronger than it started!
I would buy this wine again if only it were available!