2017 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Harvest

Year: 2017
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
California Grapevine: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :


"5. 2017 Duckhorn Vineyards, Napa Valley ($78) – Medium- dark ruby; attractive, ripe, spicy, dark cherry, blackberry, and boysenberry fruit aroma with hints of cassis, dried herbs, graphite, and chocolate; full body; ripe, rounded, layered, red and black fruit flavors with hints of milk chocolate, licorice, cardamom, and pleasing richness in the mouthfeel; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. V ery highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; 65,000 cases; blended with 12% Merlot. 0.5% CF, and 0.5% PV; released March 2020. (Group Score: 16.5, 0/0/3; My Score: 17 [91/100], third place)" (CGV)

Winery Notes:
Production Notes:
Varietal Composition: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Petit Verdot

Winemaker Notes:
Lush, energetic and intense, this gorgeous Cabernet begins with aromas of blackberry, huckleberry and chocolate, as well as hints of mint, cardamom, clove and graham cracker. On the palate it displays lovely brightness, with firm, resolved tannins framing flavors of boysenberry and black currant. As it evolves in the glass, subtle sweet and savory notes are revealed, carrying the wine to a long, focused finish.

The 2017 growing season began with abundant winter rains, followed by a warm, dry spring that led to a perfectly timed budbreak. In addition to replenishing the water table, the early season rains produced robust canopies, which provided invaluable shade during a week-long heat event that kicked harvest into gear during the last week of August. This was followed by a much-needed cooldown that allowed the vines to recuperate, while also giving us extra hangtime for flavor development and tannin resolution. We harvested throughout September and into early October, with the grapes showing lovely ripeness and quality, yielding plush, polished and wonderfully complex wines.