Refined aromas of mulberry, hazelnut, leather, cedar, tobacco and sweet spices give way to deep rich flavors of blueberry, black plum, cassis, clove and chocolate.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot.
One of the guiding philosophies of our winery has always been the timeless union of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and that's also where The Discussion begins. In most vintages, you can develop additional complexity and nuance by adding other varietals. But there are those rare perfect vintages where the other varietals have nothing to add to the conversation, because it's all already there in the Cabernet and Merlot.
"Duckhorn's new releases are so good, you might hesitate to make the investment on this Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend. True, it's not the most drinkable of their wines, at this time, but it easily is the most intense and concentrated. Dazzles with a molten core of sweet blackberries, blueberries and cassis, deep and long in the finish. Don't insult it by drinking before 2013, but you're better served by holding for far longer, even into the 2020s.
"A selection of three estate vineyards - Patzimaro at the base of Spring Mountain, Rector Creek in Yountville and Stout on Howell Mountain - this is 60 percent cabernet sauvignon blended with merlot and aged in new French oak barrels. The layers and detail those vineyard selections provide are apparent from teh moment the wine is opened, and continue to gain clarity over the course of several days. There's high-toned refinement to the cherry-plum flavor, brightened by scents of red raspberry and conifer. There's also a plump feel to the tannins as they broaden out, carrying the range of fruit flavors in several directions, one of the best wines we've tasted from Duckhorn."
Wine & Spirits
"Bordeaux-like in its complexity, range of flavor and structure, this taut red shows mineral-laced dried berry, plum jam, sage, cedar and tobacco flavors that are full-bodied and firm nicely on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2021."