2011 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot Stout Vineyard

2011 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot Stout Vineyard

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Stout Vineyard is located in the Howell Mountain appellation, one of the Napa Valley’s most sought-after, ultra-premium winegrowing regions. As a result of its topography, soils and climate, Howell Mountain has distinctly different grape-growing conditions than the valley floor. This 35-acre vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Grenache and Syrah. The Stout Vineyard also has 300 mature olive trees that were planted at the turn of the 19th century.

Wine Profile

Production Notes
Varietal Content 78% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon Cooperage 100% French Oak, Chateau-Style Barrels (60 gallons) Barrel Aging: 24 Months Age of Barrels: 100% New
Winemaker Notes
Stout’s coveted mountain fruit has produced a complex Merlot with aromas of pomegranate, marionberry, currant jelly, pencil shavings and rose petals. The pomegranate notes continue on the palate alongside flavors of Rainier cherry, wild red berries and molasses. Though seamlessly integrated, the firm, talc-like tannins promise a long life.
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
Released: September 2014

Wine Specs

Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Stout Vineyard
Harvest Date
October 8–26, 2011
Sugar
26.0 Brix
Acid
0.56 g/100ml
pH
3.57
Bottling Date
February 2014
Alcohol %
14.5

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