1985 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, California Wine

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Duckhorn Vineyards was founded in 1976 in St. Helena, in the Napa Valley. It was started by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn after Dan, a California native, toured the Bordeaux region of France in the 1970s. In 2007 a private equity firm took a significant ownership interest in Duckhorn, though Dan Duckhorn remains in charge of the estate. The winemaker is Bill Nancarrow. The 229-acre estate is known for its big Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots. Robert M. Parker has written that Duckhorn has “a very positive style that represents a hypothetical blend of the ripeness of Napa allied with the elegance of a top Bordeaux.”

At Duckhorn Vineyards they have been producing Cabernet Sauvignon since 1978. Bringing together fruit from Estate vineyards and top independent growers, this wine embodies the flavorful complexity of Napa Valley winegrowing, while offering a seamless balance between fruit, oak and tannins. To add nuance to classic Cabernet elements of currant, cherry and plum, the blend also includes Merlot, yielding a layered wine that is approachable in its youth, yet worthy of cellaring.

1985 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Vallley Cabernet Sauvignon is a marvelous vintage. “Despite the deep color and powerfully concentrated aromas of ripe currant and cedar, the structure and flavor are beautifully reined in, all currants, raspberries and tobacco. Elegantly built, complex and long”. – (Wine Spectator)

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