Friday, January 1, 2010

Duckhorn Wine Company - three wineries with a single commitment to quality

Duckhorn Wine Company includes three winery estates focused on terroir specific wines in two of the best winegrowing regions in the North Central Coast, Napa Valley and Anderson Valley. The Duckhorn family includes Duckhorn Vineyards, Paraduxx and Goldeneye. These fabulous wines are made from grapes from the company eleven estate vineyards plus a selection of other special vineyard sites in the valleys. Starting with the finest grapes carefully selected from these vineyards, each winery utilizes innovative winemaking skills and quality barrel aging to produce their wines.

Duckhorn Vineyards was founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976 crafting fine Bordeaux varietal wine in Napa Valley. Initially focusing on Merlot, the winery moved on to distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, plus Decoy, a Bordeaux blend. The winemaker is Bill Nancarrow.

Paraduxx is their Napa Valley winery primarily emphasizing Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. This was their attempt in 1994 at using non-Bordeaux varietals, but using the same careful viticultural techniques and quality winemaking skills established at Duckhorn, to produce Paraduxx, a rich fruit-forward wine with the body and complexity to go well with foods.

Goldeneye was established in Anderson Valley in 1997 to craft Pinot Noir wines from the distinctive soils and climate of Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. The valley is highly influenced by the marine climate of the Mendocino Coast, often seeing fog creep into the valley in the mornings.

Duckhorn 2006 Napa Valley Estate Merlot is a full-bodied wine with the aromas of blueberry, raspberry, cherry and pomegranate with hints of spice and chocolate. These same flavors carry over in the mouth with the addition of plum and soft tannins leading to a long finish. This is what Merlot is supposed to taste like with a velvety texture and full soft tannins. The grapes for this wine come from five Estate vineyards in Napa.

2007 Decoy from Napa Valley is a Bordeaux blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The aromas of cherry, raspberry, blackberry, spice and cedar invite you to sample this enticing wine. As you taste the wine the flavors continue to follow through with cranberry, currant, cassis, coffee, caramel and leather. This abundance of fruit leads to a long satisfying finish.

The 2006 Paraduxx wine is a blend of 64% Zinfandel, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. It has a bright red color and abundant aromas of cherry, ripe plum, blackberry, cinnamon, tobacco and vanilla. On the palate you will notice bright red fruit, cherry, strawberry, raspberry and blueberry with caramel overtones. The balanced mouthfeel is indicative of the fine winemaking skills of Duckhorn.

A particular favorite of many is the 2006 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Winemaker Zach Rasmuson treats this wine with the reverence it deserves, carefully selecting only the best grapes from the premium estate vineyards in Anderson Valley before using small-lot winemaking skills to handcraft a wine that is the epitome of Pinot Noir. This Pinot Noir has a perfect balance of acidity and full bodied tannins that lead to a long enjoyable finish. Aromas and flavors of red and black fruit, cherry, oak and a wonderful complexity of clove, rosemary, caramel, vanilla and toast make this a wine that you will spend time savoring with friends.

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