This offering is also a blend of Zinfandel paired with Cabernet Sauvignon but originates solely from the Howell Mountain Appellation.
Very Good+ (92) Ken’s Wine Guide 04/26/2010 Some wine gets better with time and air. This blend from the Duckhorn family is one of those wines. As a matter of fact, I nursed this beauty over 3 or 4 days. It got better each day. It is ruby colored and opens with a mild blueberry and black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, well balanced, and very refined. The flavor profile is a yummy black cherry with notes of integrated blueberry and oak. The finish is dry and its well controlled tannins are gentle and caressing. As I mentioned, this wine really shins with time and air. It paired well with filet mignon and ragu bolognese.
Composition 64% Zinfandel 30% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot Aging & Oak 15 months in oak - 15 barrels produced 100% French 75% new
· Deep, mountain fruit aromas of plum, wild berry, cherry pie, cinnamon, clove and tobacco abound · The rich aromas are echoed on the palate with concentrated flavors of plum, boysenberry and dark raspberry, underscored by vanilla and cinnamon spice · A powerful wine with broad, rich tannins that continue through the mid-palate providing great length and excellent ageability
· An unusually dry growing season with rainfall totals that were 50 percent below average · Cool, even weather produced a long harvest spread out over several months · The relaxed pace allowed picking in multiple passes, ensuring ideal ripeness and flavor development
Release Date: February 2010
September 28 – October 26, 2007
0.56 g/ml titratable acidity
15 months in oak