Duckhorn Vineyards2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, Patzimaro Vineyard
Duckhorn, the house that brought great Merlot to the Napa Valley back in the day (1980s), has also for years been turning out some wonderful Cabernet Sauvignons. With this 2003 from its Patzimaro Vineyard, we have such a wine.
Tasted a couple of months ago and just about ready to be released, the wine is showing chocolate malt and blackberry aromas. On the palate it’s soft and smooth with gorgeous fruit and wonderful balance. Hold it for a year and then see it improve over the following 25 years or so.
Patzimaro is located in the St. Helena appellation at the base of Spring Mountain. The site was named for the town of Patzimaro de Aviña in honor of the Hurtado Family, an important part of the Duckhorn Vineyards winemaking team since ‘87. The vines are 14 years old.
The wine was aged for 1½ years in 100 percent new French oak. The listed alcohol is 14.5 percent and there were 428 cases made.
This Cabernet was also selected as an Appellation Signature Wine by a panel of St. Helena winemakers in an Appellation Discovery tasting on June 22, 2006.
Reviewed September 15, 2006 by Alan Goldfarb.
Other Awards & Accolades
AppellationAmerica - "Appellation Signature" selection
Intense, dark, bright color. Very delicate. Slightly dry in character but youthful, minerality, with good balance. Cola, pomegranate, almost port-like (but) with good acid structure. Well-integrated with fruit spice, cherry and soft tannins. Soft and elegant. It’s young now but will mature nicely.
(St. Helena Appellation Discovery Tasting: June 22, 2006)
Other reviewed wines from Duckhorn Vineyards
2009 Merlot, Three Palms Vineyard
(Napa Valley)Roger King 12/9/2012
2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate
(Napa Valley)Alan Goldfarb 1/19/2007
Winery: Duckhorn Vineyards
Alan Goldfarb has been writing about and reviewing wine for 17 years. His reviews have been published in the St. Helena Star, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Examiner, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast, among others. Not once has he used a point system, star system, or an iconic symbol to quantify a wine. What counts in Mr. Goldfarb’s criteria when judging a wine is: how it tastes in the glass; is it well-constructed; its food compatibility; and presence of redeeming regional attributes.