2016 Duvall’s Prospect (Bordeaux Blend)

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Tasting Notes

Alluring aromas fill the nose with vine-ripened wild blackberry woven with mocha and dark chocolate. The velvety entry reveals dark-toned fruit bathed in rich mocha and dark chocolate oak notes, similar to those found on the nose. A luscious blend of boysenberry, black currant, and dark plum fuses with the oak laced flavors, vibrant acidity, and spicy cedar texture as the wine lingers. Delicious now, this Cabernet-based wine benefits from decanting, and will continue to mature with additional bottle aging.

Vintage: 2016
Varietals: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot
Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Production: 145 cases

Review – Ken’s Wine Guide

“This midnight purple colored wine opens with a blackberry, black olive and toasted oak bouquet with a hint of blueberry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a mineral influenced black olive and blackberry blend with notes of sage. I also detected a hint of blueberry and dark cocoa towards the end. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are sticky and linger for quite as while. This wine would pair well with Roy’s rib roast. Enjoy – Ken” Ken’s Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91) Review Date: December 2,  2019

Vintage Notes

Growing grapes is our passion…and having a growing season with few ups and downs keeps our blood pressure low! This 2016 season followed the previous vintages with early budbreak followed by some typical Spring showers that did not interfere with set in May and early June. The consistent weather with fewer than normal hot spells during Summer produced even ripening with great color development. August was cooler than normal allowing great hang time before harvest. We were able to harvest all of our fruit carefully…even with the season presenting several varieties ripening at the same time! Daily tasting evaluations of our wine in our fermentation tanks were consistently flavorful, giving an insight into the great wines with pure flavors!

Winemaking Notes

Our winemaking protocol demands separate small carefully temperature regulated fermentations for each varietal providing optimum treatment for each Cabernet clone as well as for our Malbec and Petit Verdot. These wines are carefully pressed direct to barrel and are aged separately until rigorous blending trials the Spring before Summer bottling. Each individual barrel is tasted for uniqueness and provides an essential blend diversity that typifies our wines as well as an exceptional 22 month ageing period.

Food Pairing Notes

Enjoy pairing it with a juicy New York steak with creamy peppercorn sauce, or rosemary and garlic encrusted rack of lamb served with wild mushroom risotto.

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96 points & Platinum Medal

2020 Critic’s Challenge International Wine Competition

Tasting Notes: “Flamboyant, true to the category. A compete wine, speaking to complexity, fulfillment and endurance.” – Mike Dunne