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Date Printed: 11/24/2014
Duckhorn Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Duckhorn Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 96382)
boutique wine
collectible wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/24/2014: $63.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 The Wine Advocate 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 only the finest lots from our Napa Valley Estate Program, which is comprised of seven properties totaling 175 planted vine acres and featuring a diversity of soil types, elevations and microclimates. These mountain and valley floor vineyards are meticulously farmed by our experienced in-house vineyard team to ensure excellence throughout the viticultural process. The team harvests the grapes at optimal maturity, going through vineyard sites several times, picking only the ripe fruit with each pass. In any given harvest we have 30 or more separate lots of Estate wine. The final blend for this wine is approachable in its youth, with a soft texture and notable finesse, while still possessing the structure to age for a decade or longer.

A classic Cabernet Sauvignon that is blended with Merlot to add complexity and round out the mid-palate, this is a layered, mouth-filling wine with ripe, integrated tannins and a fine-grained finish. Dark aromas of toffee, hickory, bacon, cedar and smoke are contrasted by vibrant elements of red currant and spearmint. On the palate, black currant and blueberry flavors dominate, underscored by notes of earth and oak.

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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.