Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 | Unpretentious Powerful Red
Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 presents a deep ruby color. Presenting generous warm-red-berry aromas, crushed purple floral notes, subtle new-wood cedar, and wild herbs. Plus finely delineated red cherry and black raspberry fruit, with sweet cedar woven around. Also red plum skin, cassis, and powerful, grippy mountain tannins. Finishing with more red floral and dried-herb notes. Drink now-2023.
92RP | The Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is a success this year. While revealing aromas of ripe plums, cassis, pencil shavings, and espresso roast. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, rich and generous, with an ample core of fruit, juicy acids, and a flavorful finish. It’s a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc.
Canvasback | Duckhorn Estates | Red Mountain District
The Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 off Red Mountain is a product not only of the granite, rock, and clay soils of Washington State’s most-renowned winegrowing region. But of Canvasback’s team of Washington A-listers. Including renowned vineyard manager Dick Boushey, whose name graces one of the state’s top vineyards. In addition young star winemaker Brian Rudin. Who better than a team that has proven its prowess over 40 years in Napa Valley to bring out the best in Red Mountain, one of the fastest-rising and finest Cabernet terroirs in the United States?
So, the Red Mountain region is young, having just achieved its AVA status in 2001. Yet it is also Washington’s smallest appellation, with just 4,040 acres. But the tiny newcomer—with its hot and dry climate, granite, rock, and clay soils, and southwest exposure—has become celebrated as one of the premier locations for Cabernet on the West Coast.
Winemaker Brian Rudin
In addition to hiring rising star winemaker Brian Rudin whose resume includes Washington mainstays l’Ecole 41, Buried Cane, and Cadaretta. So Canvasback was wise enough to look to one of the men who know the lay of the Yakima Valley land better than anyone else. Dick Boushey, who has been named Grower of the Year by the Washington State Wine Commission as well as by Wine & Spirits. The relationships Boushey has maintained with other top growers over four decades in the area supplied Canvasback with stellar Red Mountain fruit in the fantastic 2015 vintage. The Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is aged in 40% new French oak for 20 months. Hence yielding a generous wine with ample red and black fruit, and sweet cedar notes are woven throughout. Truly some of Washington’s finest terroir, on display.
|WBOTD||Just the Good Stuff|
|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||Bordeaux style blend from Washington State Red Mountain Region at a fraction of the price for a similar Napa Blend with possibly better performance | From the folks at Duckhorn | Cellar Selection|
|Why now?||Access in your state | Should evolve for 10+ years|
|WBOTD Cellaring Worthiness Rating|
|Expert Ratings||92JS | 92RP | 93W&S|
|What is it?||Washington State Red Blend from Red Mountain District|
|What’s in it?||81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc | 14.5% ABV|
|When to drink?||Now to 2025+|
|Pair with:||Red Meat, Hard Cheese & Comfort Foods|
|Drink with:||Good Friends & Family|
|Occasion||Whenever an unpretentious powerful Red that would cost $100 plus if from Napa fits the bill|
|If you want to drink now...||Decant 1 Hour|
|Recommended purchase Qty:||4+|