WBOTD: Duckhorn goes to Washington State – Immense Value
92 Points Wine Enthusiast | Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is coming from a warm vintage in a hot region. This wine brings light aromas of mineral and red and black fruit along with a barrel-spice top note. The black-cherry flavors are lush, full and palate coating, supported by firm tannins. It’s high on the delicious scale.
91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate | … The 2014 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and the balance Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Notes of black raspberries, cassis, black cherries, licorice and graphite all emerge from this perfumed, complex and elegant red. With medium to full-bodied richness and a clean, classy finish, drink it anytime over the coming decade.
Cabernet Sauvignon from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
Wine Makers Notes
This wine is named for the Canvasback duck native to the Pacific Flyway. Red Mountain is home to some of Washington State’s most celebrated vineyards and renowned for Cabernet Sauvignon. Ideal southwest-facing slopes and significant day and nighttime temperature swings produce exceptional wines. , this wine was crafted from grapes cultivated by some of Red Mountain’s finest growers. With Canvasback, our aim is to express and develop the depth, structure and sophistication that define wines from this young and exciting appellation.
Longwinds Vineyard was planted in 2014 under the guidance of Winemaker Brian Rudin and Vineyard Manager Dick Boushey. A past “Grower of the Year” honoree by both the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers and the Washington State Grape Society, Dick also worked closely with the Duckhorn Wine Company team to select the site, which is situated just above Col Solare (the vineyard partnership between Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori and Washington’s Ste. Michelle Wine Estates).
“With our Longwinds Vineyard, we’ve quite literally put down roots here on Red Mountain,” says Brian. “This vineyard is an essential part of our long-term vision for Canvasback, and our goal of making a great terroir-driven wine from one of the world’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon winegrowing regions.”