2013 Double Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon


2013 Double Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon

$24.95 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt

Double Canyon is one of six brands owned by the Crimson Wine Group in Napa.  The whole wine world seems to be congealing into corporate groups, but this one has obvious appeal because it includes some heavyweights:  Pine Ridge and Seghesio in California; Archery Summit in Oregon; and now Double Canyon in Washington, located six miles from the Columbia River.  Crimson has created a blend with contributions from all of these brands. . .the first to be comprised of components from three states.  It’s called Luminary ($45) and I can’t wait to try it.

Located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, the Double Canyon Vineyard is 84 acres carved out of a desert landscape, planted in what originally were crop circles.  The idea is to produce estate wines, and this one comes close with small amounts of the blend courtesy of fruit from other vineyards in the neighborhood.  Winemaker is Jason Ledbetter, UCD-educated and late of stable mate Pine Ridge.  He has also worked at Cakebread Cellars and Trefethen.

Winery Tasting Notes:  “This cabernet embodies a delectable mix of fresh ripe red and black plum, intermingled with hints of dried red cherry.  Characteristic of the appellation and 2013 vintage, the nose presents spiced potpourri with the slightest hint of fresh sweet basil.  The addition of syrah leads to a full and rich texture on the mid-palate, further accented by luscious blackberry notes supplied by the Malbec and bright acidity from the petit verdot. The soft and supple mouthfeel is supported by the complexity of sweet oak tannins and fresh fruit character, finishing with the juicy acidity that is characteristic of Horse Heaven Hills.”

Blend:  75% cabernet sauvignon; 17% syrah; 4% Malbec; 4% petit verdot

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