Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – Wine Review

Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc

This is a wine review of the Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc by Duckhorn Vineyards. The vintage chosen for this review is the 2017. This wine is from the Napa Valley region of California and prices around $23.00 per bottle at your local wine shop.

Appearance

This Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc is clear and pale straw / lemon in color. 

Aroma/Nose

Aromas of citrus and tropical fruits all hit the nose with lime and melon followed by cooked pineapple. This wine is youthful. 

Taste/Palate

This wine is dry with a high acidity and light to medium body and intensity of flavors. The flavor profile consists of notes much like the nose citrus tropical lime melon pineapple and grapefruit all pleasure the pallet. This is followed by a long finish of mineral.

Overall Experience 

Overall this Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc is a very good wine. It has balance, complexity and length that make this a wonderful wine drinking experience on a warm spring day. This wine is made for drinking now and not suitable for further aging. 

Pairings 

Food – Shellfish, Vegan, Goat Cheese

Cigar – Balmoral Anejo XO Connecticut 

Publication Ratings

Wine Spectator – 90pts.

Winemakers Notes – (Source Duckhorn Website)

Production Notes

Composition: 82% Sauvignon Blanc, 18% Sémillon; Aging & Oak: 10% New French Oak, 5 months sur lie, 90% Stainless Steel

Winemaker

Enticing aromas of grapefruit, melon and lime leap from the glass, followed by tropical notes of lychee, pineapple and passionfruit. On the palate, this Sauvignon Blanc is juicy and bright, with silky layers of fruit balanced by lovely natural acidity and a vibrant streak of minerality. Hints of zesty citrus and subtle baking spices linger throughout a long, focused finish.

Production

The 2017 growing season began with abundant winter rains, followed by a warm, dry spring that led to a perfectly timed budbreak. In addition to replenishing the water table, the early season rains produced robust canopies, which provided invaluable shade during a week-long heat event that kicked harvest into gear during the last week of August. This was followed by a much-needed cooldown that allowed the vines to recuperate, while also giving us extra hangtime for flavor development and tannin resolution. We harvested throughout September and into early October, with the grapes showing lovely ripeness and quality, yielding plush, polished and wonderfully complex wines.

Other Notes

Released: April 2018

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About Duckhorn Vineyards – https://www.duckhorn.com