Pulled this out from the cellar last night and was ecstatic. A couple of weeks back pulled a 2013 Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet and was under whelmed with a “flat finish”. This 2017 came through like a champion. As you probably know, Duckhorn Vineyards has historically made exceptional wines, specifically Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlots (Three Palms). This had those great qualities. On the eyes, deep dark crimson coloring and medium heavy viscosity in the glass. On the nose, the aromas of dark fruit, especially blackberries, with a sweet vanilla wafted into the senses. On the mouth licorice, leather and black tea filled the palate. All producing a medium and extremely smooth silky finish. This 2017 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon finished aligned with my expectations of structure and tannins providing a more typical Duckhorn vintage with a strong finish. Aged 16 months in 100% French oak (50% new, 50% used). It is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, .5% Cabernet Franc and .5% Petit Verdot.
A wonderful pairing with a BBQ’ed seared ribeye steak, Yukon potato and garden salad. A perfect late spring, early summer treat here in California. Retails at $78 and for a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon a real joy to savor.