Aug
06
2008

Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, 86 points

1998 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

(USA, California, Napa Valley)

Visited the winery in late June to do a tour and tasting. Deep red color. Strong nose of cedar, black currant and a hint of leather. Nose was more exciting than the palate. Tannins were pretty balanced, cherry and plum come through in the mouth. Disappointing short finish and a little disjointed with bitterness. After a half hour, the wine did not improve with the additional air. Overall a nice wine but overpriced. There are many more complex wines for 65 bucks. Try but don’t load up on it. Duckhorn Goldeneye

From Duckhorn’s site:

Winemaker’s notes:
A classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this elegantly balanced wine combines generous fruit-forward structure with age-worthy tannins and a long, satisfying finish. From its layered aromatics to its lush palate of flavors, this wine brings together an array of red and black fruit elements, including red currant, baked plum, blackberry and sweet black cherry. Adding further depth to this core of ripe fruit are notes of vanilla, molasses, allspice, fresh herbs and black olive.

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