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2008 Duckhorn Vineyards Estate Grown Rector Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Duckhorn Vineyards Estate Grown Rector Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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A unique climate, combined with Rector Creek’s rocky alluvial soils, creates excellent growing conditions for the vines. The wines from this vineyard exhibit abundant dark red fruit characteristics including black raspberry, with hints of strawberry.

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Wine Profile

Production Notes
Varietal Content 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Cooperage 100% French oak Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons) Age of Barrels: 100% new 10-12 days fermentation at 80°F
Winemaker Notes
This is an intense, full-bodied wine with great density and tight layers that take time to evolve. On the nose, an initial impression of sweet black licorice gives way to notes of blueberry, violet, eucalyptus, hazelnut, fresh dough and a touch of menthol. With decanting, the flavors are vivid and deep, highlighting seductive blue fruit elements. A wine of strength and honor!
Though the 2008 growing season presented certain challenges—from early frosts to drought conditions—a meticulous approach to viticulture and sorting yielded small crops with good concentration, highlighting soft, appealing tannins for our red varietals and bright acidity for our white grapes. A long, moderately cool summer led to a harvest that commenced in mid-August and concluded in early November. This relatively relaxed pace allowed us to pick in numerous passes to ensure quality, often focusing on individual rows or a single side of the vines.
Other Notes
Release Date: September 2011

Wine Specs

Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Rector Creek Vineyard
Harvest Date
October 23-27, 2008
29.9° Brix
.58 g/100ml titratable acidity
18 months
Bottling Date
July 2010
Alcohol %
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