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2003 Duckhorn Vineyards Estate Grown Rector Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2003 Duckhorn Vineyards Estate Grown Rector Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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This Estate Grown Rector Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits abundant dark red fruit characteristics of black raspberry and hints of strawberry.

Wine Profile

Production Notes
Varietal Content 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot Cooperage 100% French oak Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons) Age of Barrels: 100% new
Winemaker Notes
This unique vineyard has produced an age-worthy wine with robust, yet well-integrated tannins, an elegant and silky texture, good acidity, and a long fruit finish. The aroma is forward with blueberry, plum, and chocolate accented by dried herbs and toasted oak. The flavors are bright with blackberry, dark cherry and cranberry followed by white pepper, cedar, and sage.
The 2003 growing season was marked by a cool, wet spring. As summer approached, carry-over moisture resulted in vigorous vine growth. A heat spike at the early part of flowering caused some shatter that resulted in reduced yields. Summer and early fall were relatively mild, but a flourish of heat at the latter part of harvest accelerated the ripening of fruit. The season ended with an extended mild period, allowing harvest to conclude at a relaxed pace.
Other Notes
Release Date: September 2006

Wine Specs

Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Rector Creek Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 25 — October 18, 2003
26.4° Brix
.71 g/100ml titratable acidity
20 Months
10-12 days fermentation at 80°F
Bottling Date
July 2005
Alcohol %

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