Duckhorn Vineyards Facts
Napa Valley AVA
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Dan Duckhorn, Bill Nancarrow
St. Helena, California, US
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Today, under the guidance of head winemaker Bill Nancarrow, Duckhorn is still known for its single-vineyard Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons. Bottlings of both varietals marry a ripeness representative of California with an old-world elegance. These are often earthy, gamey, soil-inflected wines which generally need some cellaring to unwind and show their potential. Duckhorn also makes a highly regarded but less expensive Sauvignon Blanc.
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In 2007, the private equity firm GI partners purchased a controlling interest in Duckhorn Wine Company, which operates Duckhorn Vineyards, Goldeneye - an Anderson Valley Pinot Noir producer, and Paraduxx which bottles a Napa Cabernet/Zinfandel blend.