Both generous and graceful, this compelling Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of blackberry, fig, pipe tobacco and sandalwood. On the palate, a wonderful, layered structure that is one of the hallmarks of the exceptional 2013 vintage, underscores flavours of violet, red currant, cocoa nibs and graphite. The finish is long and focused, with a hint of vibrant red fruit reminiscent of fresh strawberry rhubarb cobbler.
Blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
95 Points - Wine & Spirits
The top Cabernets from 2013 continue to develop well. This relatively late release from Duckhorn has benefited from its time in bottle, feeling vibrant, with a dynamic interplay of tart cherry flavours and brisk, refreshing tannins. Renee Ary, who was promoted to lead winemaker at Duckhorn in 2014, blended this wine from estate-grown cabernet and purchased fruit, 45 percent of the lot aged in new French oak barrels, adding to the savoury black-olive richness of the tannins, while the purple fruit drives past any direct impression of oak. Instead, there’s a sense of cherry bark, a fruitwood aroma, or a woodland mushroom fruitiness. That integration allows the wine to present its energy unfettered, revealing a mouthwatering Napa Valley Cabernet that’s ready to decant and set to develop further in the cellar.