Red

2016 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 21

  • So_hot_right_now (Instagram) Likes this wine: 91 points

    September 20, 2020 - Good and well balanced with some dusty character. Wish it had bigger fruit, but very good. It can age many more years.

  • Bob0118 Likes this wine: 91 points

    August 30, 2020 - Delicious, very smooth. Buy again

  • Mdb1982 Likes this wine: 88 points

    June 12, 2020 - A classic expression of Napa Valley Cabernet, this wine combines beautiful complexity with rich intensity. Layers of blackberry, huckleberry and black currants are supported by firm, dusty tannins that frame the fruit. On the palate, it is juicy and bright, with luxurious cassis and dark berry flavors supported by notes of fig, cardamom, clove and cracked black pepper that linger on the long, well-structured finish.

  • I'd Rather Be Drinking Wine Likes this wine: 90 points

    June 7, 2020 - Life is a Cabernet! Zoom Tasting: Wines were all double decanted to remove sediment around 1:00 pm and poured into individual mason jars for transport. Jars were stored in cellar until transport time at ~4:30 and then poured into glasses for tasting at 6:00-8:30. The theme was Cabernet and Cabernet Blends. Wines tasted were as follows:

    1. 2010 Araujo Estate Sauvignon Blanc Eisele Vineyard (Starter)
    2. 2016 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
    3. 2009 Gruaud Larose
    4. 2012 Castello di Amarose Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Butala
    5. 2009 Syzygy Saros 136
    6. 2005 Two Hands Aphrodite
    7. 2012 Raymond District Collection - Calistoga

    All wines showed well, no dogs here! Group's top three, in order: 1. 2012 Castello; 2. 2012 Raymond; and 3. 2005 Aphrodite. My order was as follows: 1. 2012 Castello; 2. 2009 Gruaud Larose; 3. (Tie) between 2012 Raymond and 2005 Aphrodite.

    2016 Duckhorn Cabernet Napa - This wine was a conundrum for me. It was clearly young, and complex, with flavors and nose constantly changing and evolving. A fun wine. It is somewhat hedonistic at this stage, with jammy fruits dominating on the palate, but also showing hints of leather, cocoa and tobacco. The wine also showed some heat and a bitterness I was not crazy about. The nose was also complex with signs of perfume, forest floor and dust, and some spice. I enjoyed watching this wine evolve in the glass, but did not appreciate the alcohol and bitterness that was also present. The wine also seemed to fade as the evening progressed, so not sure if the wine will soon enter a dumb phase, or if the wine does not have the makings of an age-worthy wine. This wine could be a gamble that may payoff big or disappoint....time will tell!

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  • Shugs_Claret wrote: 86 points

    June 5, 2020 - Tasted blind (head to head with Beringer KVR) with no decant. Medium purple. Fruit on the nose is completely obscured by vanilla and spice cake. Palate is stewed plums and cherries with a bit of oak. Tannins are fine grained, finish is modest, but the wine is definitely a bit hot. The oak will likely fade, not sure about the heat.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Duckhorn Vineyards
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 3013914047600, 3666756020531, 669576019344

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  • Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,942 (77%)
  • Consumed 593 (23%)

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