Duckhorn Winery Portfolio Tasting

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 07:30 PM

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“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more wine.”

 Ernest Hemingway

 

I am trying to drink as much wine as I can before I leave this earth!  

We have been following Duckhorn Winery from the very beginning and when it sold in July 2007 to GI Partners, a private equity firm at a price believed to be over $250 million we were happy for Dan Duckhorn and his partners they had a good run and got out at the right time, just before the market crashed in 2008.  Usually this type of consolidation in the wine business is not a good thing but in this case the wines continued to be excellent and they continued to acquire vineyards as well as small wineries to add the portfolio to compliment the already existing brands. 

Then, the company was sold to another private equity firm, TSG Consumer Partners, in 2016 and we were concerned for the continued reputation of this legendary brand but the feather in the cap came when Duckhorn winery’s 2014 Three Palm Merlot was named the #1 wine in the Wine Spectator top 100 list in 2017.  Then when they bought Kosta Brown in 2018 we knew that this company was interested in quality first and we are happy to say that Duckhorn Winery has not lost a step.

Join us as we welcome our good friend Cary Combine to host a tasting featuring the entire portfolio of the Duckhorn wine group including the 2014 vintage Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot along with a wine from each winery that this group represents.  The fee for this tasting is $125 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.

 

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Duckhorn Winery Portfolio Tasting with special Guest Cary Combine
Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:30 PM

 

2018 Goldeneye Rose Anderson Valley
Price: $22.50       Sale $19.80

From its inviting pale salmon hue to its zesty minerality and bright strawberry and stone fruit aromas, this is a sleek and sophisticated Vin Gris. On the palate, an electric undercurrent of acidity carries the wine to a mouth-watering finish, while accentuating the alluring red berry, grapefruit and nectarine flavors.

 

2018 Decoy Sonoma County Chardonnay
Price: $15.00       Sale $13.20

This deliciously bright and inviting Chardonnay offers layers of apricot, citrus and green apple, as well as hints of fresh honeysuckle and cinnamon. On the palate, the lovely pure fruit flavors are underscored by delicate acidity and a supple richness from sur lie aging.

 

2016 Calera Central Coast Chardonnay
Price: $24.00       Sale $21.12

Vibrant and inviting, this wine captures the essence of Chardonnay grown on the cool, windswept Central Coast. Aromas of jasmine, vanilla bean, and passion fruit rise from the glass revealing this wine’s youthful charm. On the beautifully fruit-driven palate, layers of green apple, grapefruit, and pineapple are framed by subtle oak and a refreshing acidity that carry the flavors to a bright, focused finish.

 

2016 Calera Mt. Harlan Viognier
Price: $37.25       Sale $32.78

Crafted using a combination of neutral French oak barrels, stainless steel and concrete egg, this complex and alluring Viognier offers vivacious aromas of acacia, jasmine, and Meyer lemon. On the palate, flavors of zesty peach and lemon meringue glide to a bright and focused finish.

 

2017 Decoy Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Price: $22.50       Sale $19.80

Showcasing the vibrant allure of great cool-climate Sonoma County Pinot Noir, this wine displays aromas of strawberry, cranberry, and plum that rise from the glass, along with oak-inspired hints of vanilla. The palate is soft and silky, with ripe berry flavors underscored by supple tannins that carry the wine to a bright, focused finish.

 

2016 Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir
Price: $27.00       Sale $23.76

Crafted using grapes from a handful of the finest vineyards on the Central Coast, this alluring wine offers lovely aromatics, soft, velvety tannins, and vibrant fruit. On the palate, layers of Bing cherry, wild strawberry, and sassafras are underscored by hints of white pepper and baking spices that add nuance and complexity to a long, lush finish.

 

2014 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
Price: $109.00    Your Price: $95.92             Quantity in Stock: 3

(93 Points) Another sensational appellation release is the 2014 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands. Coming from an early vintage that was over two weeks ahead of average, it has tons of spice, black raspberry, currants and blackberry characteristics, medium to full-bodied richness, a great texture and no shortage of depth or length. Already impossible to resist, drink it anytime over the coming 7-8 years.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 

2016 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot
Price: $30.00       Sale $26.40

Varietal Content: 77% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, .5% Malbec, .5 % Petit Verdot; Cooperage: 100% French Oak; Age of Barrels: 40% New, 60% Neutral

The 2016 growing season yielded a beautifully complex expression of Napa Valley Merlot, with inviting aromas of fresh black raspberry, vanilla, tea leaves, pie crust and licorice. On the palate, luxurious red-fruit flavors of strawberry, plum, Bing cherry and loganberry are supported by silky tannins and a bright, mouthwatering acidity that carries the wine to a lingering finish, with hints of maple, cedar and sweet spice.

 

2016 Paraduxx Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  Blend
Price: $30.00       Sale $26.40

(90 Points) The 2016 Proprietary Red Wine checks in as an interesting blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Zinfandel, 19% Petit Verdot, and 7% Merlot. It's a delicious, fruit-forward, textured effort that has tons of cassis, toasted spice, licorice, and dried herb aromas and flavors. It's nicely balanced and packs tons of pleasure.  Jeb Dunnuck

 

2015 Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: $30.00       Sale $26.40

(92 Points) A success this year, revealing aromas of ripe plums, cassis, pencil shavings and espresso roast. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, rich and generous, with an ample core of fruit, juicy acids and a flavorful finish.       Wine Advocate

2016 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Price: $67.50       Sale $59.40

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.  A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc

 

2014 Duckhorn Merlot Three Palms Napa
Price: $195.00    Sale $171.60       Quantity in Stock: 7

(95 points)  A powerful red, with concentrated flavors of red plum, cherry and boysenberry that are layered with plenty of rich spice and mineral accents. Touches of slate and cardamom make for a complex finish. Drink now through 2023. *2017 Wine of the Year* (KM) (11/2017) Wine Spectator

 

Menu

Selection of Cheese and Charcuterie

Scallop and Shrimp Ceviche with strawberries and lime creme fraiche

Frozen foie Gras powder with warm beef consume

Sliced NY Sirloin with Cabernet natural sauce and beemster mashed potatoes

 

The fee for this wine tasting which includes dinner is $125 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.  Please let us know when you make your reservation if you do not want you Foie Gras frozen and chef Toni will make you frozen chicken instead.

 

A bit about Duckorn Winery:

 

Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent forty years establishing itself as one of North America’s premier producers of Napa Valley wines. From its modest inaugural vintage of 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978, to its addition of Sauvignon Blanc in 1982, Duckhorn Vineyards has crafted a tradition of quality and excellence that continues today.

Duckhorn Vineyards rock stamped with logo on the property

1976

Dan and Margaret Duckhorn found Duckhorn Vineyards, which becomes one of the first 40 Napa Valley wineries. They also purchase our original 10-acre property in beautiful St. Helena. Named Marlee’s Vineyard, after Margaret, this idyllic property will later become home to the beautiful Duckhorn Vineyards Estate House.
Dan and Margaret Duckhorn with Tom Rinaldi in front of tanks

1978

Guided by Dan, Margaret and our renowned founding winemaker Tom Rinaldi, Duckhorn Vineyards celebrates our inaugural harvest of Merlot from the now-legendary Three Palms Vineyard and Cabernet Sauvignon from Stag’s Leap District and Howell Mountain. Our first harvest yields 800 cases of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Three Palms Vineyard Merlot.

Original bottle of 1979 Duckhorn merlot on barrel

1979

Building on our role as the first American winery to pioneer luxury Merlot, we make our debut vintage of Napa Valley Merlot. This iconic wine plays a key role in establishing Merlot as one of North America’s great varietals.
Alex Ryan on the sorting table at Duckhorn

1981

Alex Ryan begins working at Duckhorn Vineyards during summer vacations from high school. After university, Alex joins the winery fulltime and comes up through the ranks in the vineyards and production before ultimately becoming CEO and president.
The first vintage of Duckhorn Sauvignon blanc on ice

1982

Building on Dan and Margaret’s early passion for Bordeaux-varietal wines, and their desire to make an elegant and enticing white wine, Duckhorn Vineyards produces our first vintage of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc using grapes from Marlee’s Vineyard, and a handful of other top winegrowing sites.
Aerial image of Howell Mountain and location of our Stout Vineyard

1989

Recognizing that the great emerging Napa Valley mountain vineyards are producing wines of exceptional character and quality, we produce our first Howell Mountain appellation-designated wine.
Margaret Duckhorn raising a glass upon building Duckhorn Estate house

1999

After 20 years of only being open for by-appointment tastings, we break ground on our Duckhorn Vineyards Estate House and Tasting Room adjacent to Marlee’s Vineyard in St. Helena.
Original image of Duckhorn estate house when complete in 2001

2001

We unveil our stunning new Duckhorn Vineyards Estate House. With a beautiful setting of vineyard and garden views, the site is ideal for pioneering an intimate and sophisticated sit-down wine tasting experience that quickly sets the standard for wine country hospitality.

Winemaker Renee Ary in 2003

2003

Renée Ary joins the Duckhorn Vineyards team under then winemaker, Mark Beringer. Throughout her first decade at Duckhorn Vineyards, Renée learns every detail of production moving from lab manager to enologist to assistant winemaker to associate winemaker in charge of Duckhorn’s Sauvignon Blanc and Monitor Ledge Vineyard wines.

Bottle of 1st vintage of Discussion in 2006

2006

Duckhorn Vineyards crafts its debut vintage of The Discussion. Embodying the depth and complexity of our world-renowned Estate program, The Discussion represents the pinnacle of the Duckhorn Vineyards portfolio and our belief in the timeless union of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Bottle of Duckhorn Chardonnay upon release in 2012

2012

Building on our rich history working with the finest Napa Valley vineyards, we produce our debut vintage of Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay. In the cellar, we apply classic techniques of French oak barrel fermentation with lees stirring, resulting in a Chardonnay that balances the complexity and richness of Napa Valley.

Winemaker Renee Ary standing in vineyards

2014

After more than a decade of mastering the Duckhorn Vineyards style, Renée Ary is named the fourth winemaker in the four-decade history of Duckhorn Vineyards. In the years to follow, Renée is recognized for making some of the finest wines in the history of Duckhorn Vineyards.
 Three Palms vineyards at sunset with Palm trees highlighted

2015

After four decades of working with its sought-after fruit, we acquire Three Palms Vineyard. Widely recognized as the finest Merlot vineyard in North America, Three Palms becomes the crown jewel of our Estate program.
Photo of Tom Rinaldi cleaning tank on the crushpad

2017

Duckhorn Vineyards celebrates the milestone of our 40th harvest in Napa Valley with an array of events, and a special 40th Anniversary Harvest logo adorning all 2017 vintage Duckhorn Vineyards wines.