2016 Double Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2016 Double Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon expresses great depth and concentration of flavors, with a long, generous palate that opens up on the entry. Deep, dark garnet in the glass, aromas of red currant and coffee beans are joined alongside hints of polished leather, caramel cassis and pine. The palate has a bright entry, moderate tannins with pleasing length and complexity, and an elegant finish. The flavor profile is characteristic of our estate vineyard, displaying notes of cherries, red fruit, and rose hips.
Our 90-acre parcel is planted to 1,850 vines per acre, exceeding typical Washington standards; this high density of vines produces less fruit on each individual vine, thus increasing overall quality. The vineyard is planted to a range of different Cabernet Sauvignon clones that have been selected for the characteristics they have displayed from our site over the past decade of winegrowing. The fruit is hand-harvested and we perform daily pump overs for extraction. Once fermentation is accomplished, the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.
2016 resulted in a near perfect vintage for growing Cabernet in the state of Washington, particularly at our estate vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. The spring started warm and early with bud break and bloom ahead of their normal dates, giving us nice shoot growth and great bloom conditions, resulting in more berries per cluster. These conditions led to a slightly higher crop while retaining great quality. As it progressed, the season shifted to a cooler weather pattern as we hit the summer months. 2016 finished with a long harvest period, beginning early with cool temperatures in September and October, allowing for long flavor-building hang times.