2012 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1201760 92 points James Suckling

 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.  (1/2016)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 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.  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

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."

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By: Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2015 | Send Email
Duckhorn is known for Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc but the Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the tops in Napa Valley for 2012. Big bold Cabernet with ripe blue and red fruit, vanilla, cedar, cocoa and spice. A Cabernet for all Napa Valley fans.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5