lunes, 4 de marzo de 2013

Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009


 DUCKHORN VINEYARDS NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009

"Though still in its youth, this is a wonderfully aromatic and fragrant wine, with vibrant, lifted aromas of spearmint, blackcurrant, violets, graham cracker crumbs and loganberry. On the palate blackberry and blueberry flavors mingle with cocoa and cola notes. Though the tannins impart a touch of youthful dryness, decanting reveals this wine's classic Cabernet character, with a lovely structure, generous mouth-filling flavors and a long, satisfying finish". Winemaker's notes.

"This dark ruby colored Napa Cabernet from Duckhorn opens with a mild black cherry bouquet with a hint of blueberry and light oak. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a tasty black cherry jam with nicely integrated oak. We also detected hints of red currant and black pepper as well. The finish is dry and its moderate fine tannins drift away nicely. The panel suggested serving this Cab with filet mignon or tandoori lamb chops". KWGTP

- Winery: Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent more than 30 years establishing itself as one of North America's premier producers of Bordeaux varietal wines. From its modest inaugural vintage of 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978, to its addition of Sauvignon Blanc in 1982, Duckhorn Vineyards has crafted a tradition of quality and excellence that continues today.

- Alcohol by volume: 14.5%

- Price: £44

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Cabernet Sauvignon (often shortened to ‘Cab Sav’ or even just ’Cab') is probably the most famous red wine grape variety on Earth. It is rivaled in this regard only by its Bordeaux stablemate Merlot, and its opposite number in Burgundy, Pinot Noir. The product of a natural crossing of key Bordeaux grape varieties Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. Cabernet Sauvignon's DNA was profiled only as recently as 1997, by researchers in California. Most wine authorities agree that the crossing happened only in the past few centuries, making the variety's current fame all the more impressive. From its origins around the Medoc, the vine has successfully spread to almost every wine-growing country in the world, from Old World powerhouses like France and Italy to newer climes such as Australia. Chile. South Africa and even New Zealand.

There are two key reasons for Cabernet Sauvignon's rise to dominance. The most simple and primordial of these is that its vines are highly adaptable to different soil types and climates; it is grown at latitudes as disparate as 50 degrees north (Okanagan in Canada) and 20 degrees south (northern Argentina), and in soils as different as the Pessac-Leoanan gravels and the iron-rich Terra Rossa of Coonawarra. Secondary to this, but just as important, is that despite the diversity of terroirs in which the vine is grown. Cabernet Sauvignon wines retain an inimitable 'Cab' character, nuanced with hints of provenance in the best-made examples. There is just a single reason, however, for the durability of the variety's fame and that is simple economics; the familiarity and marketability of the 'Cabernet Sauvignon' name has an irresistible lure to wine companies looking for a reliable return on their investment.

Used as frequently in blends as in varietal wines. Cabernet Sauvignon has a large number of common blending partners. Apart from the obvious Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the most prevalent of these are Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere (the ingredients of a classic Bordeaux Blend). Syrah/Shiraz (in Australia) and Tempranillo (in Spain and South America). Even the bold Tannat-based wines of Madiran are now generally softened with Cabernet Sauvignon.

A vigorous vine (another characteristic in the variety´s favor), Cabernet Sauvignon produces relatively high yields and a dense canopy, meaning that vineyard management is an important part of growing the vine successfully. This double-edged sword gives producers a fairly open choice between quantity and quality, although in exceptional vintages they may get both. As a late-flowering and late-ripening variety, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes mature slowly. This can also work for or against wine quality; in a cold season or climate there is a risk of the grapes failing to ripen fully, while in most other conditions the steady rate of progress offers producers a wider choice of harvest dates. Few would argue that the finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon wine are found in Bordeaux and California, a standpoint supported by the 1976 Judgment of Paris. The past two decades have seen a raft of quality Cabernets emerging from New World regions such as Maipo in Chile and Coonawarra in Australia. They are becoming more popular with an increasingly broad consumer base as the world's more famous Cabernet Sauvignons become prohibitively expensive. The variety has now made its way even into such established and traditional Italian names as Chianti and Carmianano. (albeit restricted to 15% of the permitted blend), evidence that even the oldest and most traditional wine institutions now recognize the value of this most famous of grapes.

Popular blends include: Bordeaux blend, Meritaae, Cabernet Sauvianon-Merlot, Cabernets Franc & Sauvignon, Cabernet-Merlot-Sanoiovese, Cabernet Sauvianon-Shiraz, Cabernet-Tempranillo.

Synonyms include: Bouche, Bouchet, Sauvignon Rouge, Vidure.

Related grape varieties include: Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc.

NAPA VALLEY

Napa Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Napa County, California, United States. Napa Valley is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world. Records of commercial wine production in the region date back to the nineteenth century, but premium wine production dates back only to the 1960s.

The combination of Mediterranean climate, geography and geology of the region are conducive to growing quality wine grapes. John Patchett established the Napa Valley's first commercial vineyard in 1858. In 1861 Charles Krug established another of Napa Valley's first commercial wineries in St. Helena. Viticulture in Napa suffered several setbacks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including an outbreak of the vine disease phylloxera, the institution of Prohibition, and the Great Depression. The wine industry in Napa Valley recovered, and helped by the results of the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, came to be seen as capable of producing the best quality wine - equal to that of Old World wine regions. Napa Valley is now a major enotourism destination.

The valley floor is flanked by the Mayacamas Mountain Range on the western and northern sides the Vaca Mountains on the eastern side. Several smaller valleys exist within these two ranges. The floor of the main valley gradually rises from sea level at the southern end to 362 feet (110 m) above sea level at the northern end in Calistoga at the foot of Mount Saint Helena. The Oakville and Rutherford American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) lie within a geographical area known as the Rutherford Bench in the center of the valley floor. The soil in the southern end of the valley consists mainly of sediments deposited by earlier advances and retreats of San Pablo Bay while the soil at the northern end of the valley contains a large volume of volcanic lava and ash. Several of the small hills that emerge from the middle of the valley floor near Yountville are indicators of the region's volcanic past.

Several mesoclimates exist within the area due to various weather and geographical influences. The open southern end of the valley floor is cooler during the growing season due to the proximity of San Pablo Bay while the sheltered, closed northern end is often much warmer. The eastern side of the valley tends to be more arid because winter storms tend to drop much more precipitation on the western mountains and hills.

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