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2005 Duckhorn Vineyards Estate Grown Monitor Ledge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2005 Duckhorn Vineyards Estate Grown Monitor Ledge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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One of the most rich and mouth-filling Monitor Ledge Vineyard bottlings we have ever produced, it displays all the hallmarks of this great vineyard.

Wine Profile

Production Notes
Varietal Content 84% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Merlot 4% Petit Verdot Cooperage 100% French oak Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons) Age of Barrels: 100% new
Winemaker Notes
Known for its red-berry character, this wine’s core of Cabernet Sauvignon from Monitor Ledge was blended with Merlot to add texture and velvety roundness and a small amount of Petit Verdot to enhance color and intensity. The aroma is dominated by elements of raspberry, red cherry and nutmeg with underlying notes of cinnamon spice, while the palate offers bright acidity, red berry flavors and layers of cassis, crème brûlée, vanilla and chocolate.
The 2005 season began with a wet winter and spring, which led to annual rainfall totals that were well above average. We had an ideal fruit set, which produced an abundant number of full grape clusters. As a result, the vintage yielded exceptional fruit for the season. The harvest lasted over two months—into the early days of November. In many ways the 2005 season was reminiscent of the excellent 1997 vintage, which offered an abundant harvest of remarkable quality.
Other Notes
Release Date: September 2008

Wine Specs

Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Monitor Ledge Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 9—October 25, 2005
26.2° Brix
.62 g/100ml titratable acidity
20 Months
10-12 days fermentation at 80°F
Bottling Date
July 2007
Alcohol %

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