2015 Duckhorn Cab Sauv

I last wrote up the 2013 vintage of this wine and loved it. This wine is on the by the bottle list at the Keg for $64 which is not a bad deal for a wine that costs $34.75 from Rogers wines (and it comes into Vintages from time to time). So many restaurants mark up wine so excessively it’s nice to see ones like this. Dark in color with a lovely dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely rich dark cherries to match the nose along with some mocha hints. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely tannins and acidity. This vintage is not quite as vibrant as the 2013, but still really good. It’s super food friendly and pairs perfectly with steaks. I would give it an 89+.

From the winery’s web site:
Production Notes
Varietal Content: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 1% Petite Sirah, 1% Petit Verdot
Winemaker Notes: From its deep, inviting color to its enticing aromas of blackberry, currant and cocoa, this wine showcases what we love about great Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate, the lush fruit flavors are framed by rich tannins and hints of sweet oak and spice.

Production
In Sonoma County, a warm, dry spring resulted in an early budbreak, while an extended flowering period brought a return to normal yields after three years of abundant crops. With berry weights down, the grapes offered great concentration, while retaining excellent acidity. We had one of our earliest harvests in the past decade, but a light rain in mid-September nourished the vines and provided welcome additional hangtime. Overall, the quality of the fruit was exceptional, with our white wines showing both richness and complexity, and our red grapes displaying a fine balance between elegance and intensity, with gorgeous dark fruit flavors.

Wine Specs
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Date: August 25 – October 15
Sugar: 25.5° Brix
Acid: 0.60 g/100 ml titratable acidity
pH 3.62
Aging 100% French Oak
Fermentation 10-15 days fermentation at 80°F
Alcohol %13.9

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