2011 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 1.5L

2011 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 1.5L

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Our Napa Valley Merlot is a complex blend of several individual vineyard lots, incorporating fruit from our Estate Vineyards and from top independent growers throughout the Napa Valley. The final wine is a rich and cohesive expression of the entire Napa Valley, reflecting the varied microclimates and soils of this unique appellation.

Connoisseurs' Guide
90

Wine Profile

Production Notes
Varietal Content 83% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc Cooperage 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons) Barrel Aging: 15 Months Age of Barrels: 25% new, 75% second vintage
Winemaker Notes
The cooler 2011 vintage yielded an aromatic Merlot with vibrant red fruit layers of Rainier cherry and spiced plum, as well as notes of licorice, tobacco leaf, cardamom and thyme. Hints of cedar, leather and savory spice from aging in French oak barrels contribute depth and nuance, while a streak of uplifting acidity adds dimension to this wine’s smooth velvety texture. Dusty tannins frame a sophisticated finish.
Production
In one of the coolest growing seasons in memory, we benefited greatly in 2011 from our 35 years of experience farming Bordeaux varietals. To counteract uneven vine growth due to unusual spring weather, we did meticulous green thinning. We also gently opened up the canopy to expose the fruit, were judicious in our picking schedule, and sorted meticulously both in the vineyards and winery. The majority of our Merlot came in before the October rains, and due to our quality adjustments the remainder of our fruit fared well until it was harvested. Warm up-valley locations like Oakville, Rutherford, St, Helena and Calistoga were particularly successful, and overall the resulting wines are pure and elegant.
Other Notes
Release Date: October 2013

Wine Specs

Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 22 — October 31, 2011
Sugar
25.0° Brix
Acid
0.59 g/100 ml titratable acidity
pH
3.59
Fermentation
10-12 days fermentation at 80°F
Bottling Date
May 2013
Alcohol %
14.5
Connoisseurs' Guide
90

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Standard Bottle

750ml

5 - 5oz Glasses

Serves 2-4

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1.5 Liters

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