1999 Duckhorn - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

($80) Bright ruby-red. Cassis, bitter chocolate, licorice, black pepper and mint on the nose. Juicy, spicy and firm, with concentrated fruit and an attractive creaminess at the core. Flavors of cassis and bitter chocolate in the mouth and on the strong, persistent, ripely tannic finish. Good serious cabernet.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 105

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 93
Author: Koby
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/13/2009
Site Blog: The Wine Forum I was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised based on some reviews I had read online. This first time I had this back in 2003 it took about 4 hours for this wine to pop and reveal its aromas and flavors. This was my last bottle and was hoping for the best. The comments were pretty dire as a dead wine. Upon opening and tasting this wine I got NOTHING. No aromas, minimal favors, and no finish. I had readied myself and was not too disappointed but I gave it another chance in a decanter before I used it to make the bordelaise sauce. I immediately decanted it and with 45 minutes it blossomed nicely and carried its weight through to the end 5 hours later. I was afraid it would not last based on how rapidly it opened up. This was a crowd favorite: delicious, mellow and holding its own. Color: Dark red core, lighter red/garnet edges Nose: Sweet oak, cherries, sweet chocolate, whiffs of aged cabernet, but less than I expected. Palate: More ripe cherries, aged herbal flavors like sage and sweet tobacco, a touch of leather, but rich oak and the cherries make this wine sing. Very mellow, smooth and polished. I may have gotten lucky so drink up!

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Rating: 90
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/14/2003
Drink Dates: 2003-2014
A classic Cabernet nose of moderate strength. Beautiful dark red black color with a few slow moving thin moderately pigmented legs. Toast, black cherry, slight mint, a touch of vanilla, black olives, black currants, and paper. Silky smooth on the palate despite a little heat and some prickly tannin. The suaveness of the wine allows it to be drunk with pleasure early but the wine can age. Displays a lot of Bordeaux like nuances including slight sage and considerable black olive on the finish. Lots to like about this wine but I wish it had "more" of everything.

Rating: 90
Author: M5 Cab
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 07/18/2011

Average rating: 90, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

396 bottles owned by 158 collectors.

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About This Producer

Co-founded in 1976 by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn, Duckhorn Wine Company includes Duckhorn Vineyards, Paraduxx, and Goldeneye Winery. Their Duckhorn Vineyards estate is renowned for its Bordeaux varietal wines and since 1982 has also produced a Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Duckhorn commits itself to source the finest fruit in the Napa Valley and subsequently has purchased several properties to join the estate vineyard program. Currently the winery owns six estate vineyards along the slopes of Howell Mountain. Winemakers at Duckhorn aim to treat each vineyard block individually, bringing an artisan's approach to the winery. The winemaker may blend as many as 200 unique distinct lots and use up to 25 types of oak (mostly French) in the final barrel aging. Duckhorn's sister label, Decoy, is a unique blend of Bordeaux varietals that varies from year to year.

Paraduxx was created for the estate's winemakers to express themselves outside of Duckhorn's Bordeaux-style focus. The wine is a Napa Valley red blend consisting primarily of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Goldeneye Winery and its sister label, Migration, produce Pinot Noir sourced from cool weather fruit in Mendocino County's Anderson Valley.

See other similar producers: Miner Family, Robert Mondavi, Ridge Vineyards

Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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