Duckhorn Vineyards, Napa Valley (California) Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

($63): Though Duckhorn has focused on Merlot since their inception, their Cabernets demonstrate that the winery is hardly a one-trick pony.  This classic Napa Valley Cabernet is firm without being aggressive.  Deeply flavored, it’s not over the top, but well-balanced delivering a mélange of black fruit flavors and herbal, savory — almost black olive type — notes.  It’s the product of a cooler vintage and hence, there’s not a hint of over ripeness or jamminess to be found.
92 Michael Apstein Mar 18, 2014