One of our favorite Cabernet Sauvignons from Washington state comes from Double Canyon, established eight years ago in Horse Heaven Hills, and named for the two ravines that run through the property.
We were big fans of Double Canyon’s first wine, a 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, which was awarded 93 points from Wine Spectator.
We also enjoyed the winery’s 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and not surprisingly, felt the same way about the 2012 Horse Heaven Hills vintage.
Are you sensing a pattern here?
The hits just keep on coming from winemaker Jason Ledbetter, who has a passion for appellation-focused estate Cabs. His wines have become so popular that Double Canyon expanded its distribution of the recently released 2013 Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cab Sauv to 15 markets: Arizona, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Like its predecessors, the 2013 vintage is a classic Washington state Cabernet with excellent balance, fresh fruit characteristics and juicy acidity. Of course, it pairs well with rich steak on the barbecue or grill, but it is a standalone wine too, to sip and savor with friends.
Cabernet Sauvignon (75%) is blended with Syrah (17%) and rounded out by Malbec and Petit Verdot (4% each) for extra complexity. The majority of the grapes were sourced from Double Canyon Estate Vineyard, with the remainder from Phinny Hill and Champoux Vineyards.
From the tasting notes: This Cabernet embodies a delectable mix of fresh ripe red and black plum, intermingled with hints of dried red cherry. 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.
AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Syrah, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
Released: March 2015
Production: 4,200 cases
Sample provided by winery
We highly recommend all the wines we’ve tasted to date from Double Canyon.
Margot and Dave