Posts Tagged Duckhorn

2012 Migration Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

One might get the impression that Migration winemaker Neil Bernardi enjoys the fermentation process. Consider that for this 2012 vintage, Bernardi oversaw just shy of 50 individual fermentations, creating an equal number of “lots” from which to... Read more

2012 Migration Chardonnay, Searby Vineyard, Russian River Valley

You’re in for a Rued awakening when you smell this wine — and we mean that in a good way. Anyone familiar with Chardonnay clones would take one whiff of this Searby Vineyard bottling and know that the vineyard is planted with the Rued clone —... Read more

2012 Migration Chardonnay, Dierberg Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

When it comes to Chardonnay, most renditions are rich and fat (the favored style in California for the last two decades of the 20th century) or bright and refreshing (embraced by most Burgundian vintners). Rare is the Chardonnay that manages to... Read more

2012 Migration Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

This is considered Migration’s flagship wine, although not in the sense that one associates the term “flagship” with, say, Kendall-Jackson’s “Vintner’s Reserve” Chardonnay. Whereas K-J seeks to emulate a house style vintage after... Read more

2012 Migration Chardonnay, Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Although the broad “Sonoma Coast” AVA is listed on the label, this wine was made from grapes grown in a single vineyard in Green Valley — a small AVA within the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County. Green Valley is the coolest growing... Read more

Goldeneye Winery: It’s Never Too Early for a Good Christmas Story

By Bob Johnson This is a Christmas story. CHAPTER 1 In 1996, some eight years before the movie “Sideways” sparked the widespread planting of Pinot Noir vineyards from Santa Barbara County to Mendocino County, the Goldeneye Winery was... Read more

2009 Duckhorn ‘Howell Mountain’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Duckhorn ages its Howell Mountain-designated Cabernet a year longer than its Napa Valley bottling prior to release, and the 2009 vintage is a superb wine. Opaque dark purple in color, lightening at the rim, this wine has a rich nose of vanilla,... Read more

2010 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Barely a Cabernet Sauvignon by definition (with 21% other varieties, namely Merlot and Cabernet Franc, in the blend), this wine is opaque dark ruby in hue, with a nose that’s more earthy than fruitful. The upfront tobacco and light menthol notes... Read more

2012 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

This is Old School Sauvignon Blanc, done right. As in Bordeaux, a good dollop of Semillon is blended in, adding weight and fleshy fruit. A portion of the Sauvignon Blanc was barrel fermented in French oak. The color is a brilliant pale yellow with... Read more

2010 Duckhorn Three Palms Vineyard Merlot, Napa Valley

We admit to being ever so slightly prejudiced when it comes to this particular bottling. After all, the 1978 bottling was the “epiphany wine” for WLO scribes Glen Frederiksen and Bob Johnson. More than three decades later, the Three Palms Merlot... Read more