2012 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of black currants, walnut shell and blueberries follow through to a full body, round tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows the finesse and drinkability of the 2012 vintage. Drink or hold.
Both generously fruited and solidly structured with a steady fix on fairly deep, classically curranty Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, this inviting wine gains added richness from its well-integrated oak and flirts with touches of graphite and sweet soil. It is full and slightly supple on entry before ample tannins arrive to remind that it is, in fact, still a youngster that is far from its best, and, if we would urge for restraint now, its path to better some four or five years hence is without obstacle.
This stalwart Napa winery has been producing excellent Cabernets right alongside their iconic Merlots since their first vintage in 1978. The 2012 vintage was a knockout in Napa, with nearly ideal grape-growing conditions, and the result was high-quality, pristine fruit. Comments from the winemaker: "Both generous and graceful, this is a lovely expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of black raspberry, red currant, vanilla bean and milk chocolate. One the palate, firm yet supple tannins add weight and structure, supporting layers of plum, raspberry and cinnamon spice."