2020 Decoy California Cabernet Sauvignon
Established more than 30 years ago by legendary vintners Dan and Margaret Duckhorn, our roots run deep at Decoy. Since 1978, Duckhorn Vineyards has been exploring the character and complexity of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Drawing on our winemaking team’s expertise working with this varietal, Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon offers a rich and appealing expression of the varietal crafted to be ready upon release.
Varietal Composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
This lush and alluring wine reveals layers of black cherry, ripe plum, cranberry and tapenade, with oak-inspired hints of nutmeg, vanilla and cardamom. On the palate, the generous berry flavors are accentuated by silky, mouthcoating tannins, with juicy acidity adding poise and energy to a long, satisfying finish.
The vintage began with a cool winter, with late rains, followed by a mild spring and early summer. As the weather turned hot over Labor Day, our Pinot Noir harvest commenced, with the vast majority of the grapes picked over a 10-day period. The late-summer heat also spurred our Cabernet Sauvignon to an early harvest, with our first grapes picked on September 16th. While the impact of smoke required us to be exacting in our grape selection process in both Monterey County and Paso Robles, Southern San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County were largely unaffected. To ensure the absolute quality of our wines, only the finest grapes were used in 2020, yielding wines with great complexity and depth, generous layers of dark fruit and deep, rich colors.
0.62 g/100 ml
40% new French oak, aged for 15 months