LCBO Vintages Release
Like all of the best Sonoma County Zinfandel, Duckhorn’s 2017 offering combines lush dark fruit and plush tannins with vibrant red fruit acidity. Balanced and bright, but certainly not clumsy or heavy, this is a wine as delicious as it is refined.
The 2017 growing season in Sonoma began with generous winter rains, followed by a spring and summer marked by moderate temperatures and abundant sunshine. This was a year for grapes of exquisite quality, with the reds being lush and complex with beautiful colour and concentration. The majority of the fruit came from vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley, an area universally recognized for producing exceptional high-end Zinfandel. The final blend brings together 83% Zinfandel with 17% Petite Sirah aged for nine months in French oak.
The 2017 vintage is not yet rated, but the 2016 received the following:
“A solid expression of brambly fruit, fall spice and black pepper that rides the center line of Zinfandel possibility. A nice citric pop in the finish keeps everything vibrant and lingering long. This wine sees wide distribution, and is a fine example of why California likes to think of Zinfandel as its signature grape.”
90 points, Rich Cook, April 2018
“Supple and elegantly structured, with pretty raspberry, rose petal and spicy sassafras flavours that linger delicately. Drink now through 2022…”
89 points, Wine Spectator, June 2018