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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Duckhorn Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Duckhorn Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 92229)
collectible wine

The Wine News rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $85.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Estate Grown wines are blended using the best lots of our Estate ranches. In any given harvest we have 30 or more separate lots of Estate wine. With these vineyards, we harvest the grapes at natural maturity, going through vineyard sites several times, picking only the ripe fruit with each pass. The final blend for our Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon is approachable in its youth, with a soft texture and notable finesse, but also has the structure to carry forward for a decade or longer.

This is a full-bodied wine with an integrated palate structure, firm ripe tannins, and a lingering finish. The aroma is bright with a mix of raspberry, black currant, blueberry, and a floral note underscored by tobacco and oak. The flavors are subdued but complex with ripe cherry, blackberry, and blueberry followed by and a spicy hint of pepper.

81% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Cabernet Franc
5% Petit Verdot
4% Merlot

"Deep inky crimson hue with a fuchsia rim. A meld of aromas sweet maple, walnut and black fruit with a hint of blue cheese. Soft palate-feel on entry with earthy, spicy flavors that pick up a nutty appeal. Seamless integration of fruit and oak-laced tannins. Tart influences on the finish with a sprinkling of gravelly terroir."
-Wine News

"A dense ruby/purple-hued effort displaying a big, sweet bouquet of chocolate-charred black currant and blackberry fruit. With medium to full body, supple tannin, and outstanding opulence as well as purity, it can be drunk now and over the next 10-15 years."
-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

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About Duckhorn Vineyards:

Founded in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley for over 30 years. This winemaking tradition has grown to include seven 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. One of the first wineries to pioneer Merlot as a premium varietal, Duckhorn Vineyards now makes several elegant Merlot and distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings to showcase the characteristics of its vineyard sites. In addition, the winery is known for its acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc. Beginning with the 2006 vintage, Duckhorn Vineyards unveiled The Discussion, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that represents the pinnacle of Duckhorn's portfolio.