Wine & Spirits 94
This is a Napa Valley cabernet that does everything right. Renee Ary blends fruit from Duckhorns estate with grapes from growers, including 12 percent merlot to point up the luscious texture, aging it for 16 months in French oak barrels (half of them new), without the wine becoming overtly oaky. Its a wine of elegance and restraint, delicious in its sweet purple-plum intensity, succulent in its earthy tannins. Those mineral tannins retreat into the finish, allowing the savory fruit to move in. Accessible now, this will only improve with a few years in bottle.-W&S
Wine Spectator 90
Outstanding; a wine of superior character and style.Ripe, rounded and generally open in feel, with friendly plum, raspberry and cherry notes woven together with light floral and red licorice notes. Polished finish.-WS
Wine Enthusiast 90
Wilfred Wong 92
COMMENTARY: The 2017 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon deftly defines what a Napa Valley red is all about, and this is a great thing. TASTING NOTES: This wine displays aromas and flavors of warm berries, savory spices, and oak front and center. Enjoy it with prime rib, and ask for a rare cut. (Tasted: July 19, 2020, San Francisco, CA)-WW
Lush, energetic, and intense, this gorgeous Cabernet begins with aromas of blackberry, huckleberry, and chocolate, as well as hints of mint, cardamom, clove, and graham cracker. On the palate, it displays lovely brightness, with firm, resolved tannins framing flavors of boysenberry and black currant. As it evolves in the glass, subtle sweet and savory notes are revealed, carrying the wine to a long, focused finish.
Blend: 87 Cabernet Sauvignon, 12 Merlot, 0.5 Cabernet Franc, 0.5 Petit Verdot-Winemaker Notes
Founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting classic Napa Valley wines for nearly 40 years. This winemaking tradition has grown to include seven meticulously farmed Estate vineyards, located throughout the various microclimates of the Napa Valley. Focused on quality and consistency, these Estate vineyards are an essential element in making wines of distinction. Pioneering and perfecting Merlot as a premium varietal, Duckhorn Vineyards now makes several elegant Merlot and distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings that showcase its premium vineyard sites. Duckhorn Vineyards has been named one of the Top 100 Wineries in the world eight times by Wine & Spirits, and the 2014 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot Three Palms Vineyard was named the 2017 Wine of the Year, topping Wine Spectators annual list of the worlds Top 100 Wines.-Winery Notes
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Dedicated to making wines that reflect the unique character and quality of the vineyards, Renee strives to understand the needs and opportunities presented by each specific terroir and microclimate. By approaching each vineyard block individually, Renee's goal is to harvest when the flavors have reached their peak and the tannins are at their softest. In the winery, Renee applies an artisan's approach to winemaking, blending from almost 200 distinctive lots using taste and instinct, not formula. Wines are barrel-aged separately by vineyard lot, utilizing an extensive barrel program that sources 25 different types of oak from 13 separate cooperages. The resulting wines combine accents from a comprehensive barrel program with grapes from diverse smaller appellations within the broader Napa Valley, including Howell Mountain, Carneros, Yountville, Rutherford and St. Helena. For nearly four decades, the commitment to crafting wines of distinction has remained at the heart of the Duckhorn Vineyards philosophy. As its Napa Valley estate properties continue to mature under Renee's stewardship, the winery will continue creating world-class wines from exceptional vineyards.