2017 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
Horse Heaven Hills
Characteristic of the appellation and the 2017 vintage, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of rich blackberry, pie crust and baking vanilla. The wine enters the palate with a silky raspberry profile accented by light notes of confectioners’ sugar. Hints of peach and raspberry take you into the finish, lingering with the juicy acidity that is characteristic of Horse Heaven Hills.
Located between the Columbia River and the Yakima Valley, Horse Heaven Hills is characterized by a dry desert landscape where strong winds blow continuously across the vineyards. Proximity to the river moderates temperatures and provides a consistent source of water to irrigate the vines in one of Washington’s warmest appellations. The area also experiences diurnal shifts between extended sunny, warm days and cool evenings. As a result, Cabernet Sauvignon from this region shows ripeness and depth while maintaining optimal natural acidity, making it some of the most sought-after fruit in Washington State.
The 2017 vintage marks the first year that Double Canyon wines were produced entirely at our new state-of-the-art facility adjacent to Red Mountain. The 2017 growing season provided typical excellent growing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon, as we have come to expect from Washington State. The Horse Heaven Hills experienced significant moisture accumulation in the early spring, and tapered off significantly as the season progressed, which provided perfect conditions for bloom and fruit set. Post veraison temperatures provided enough heat to encourage adequate sugar development. Ideal berry sizes resulted in excellent extraction, producing wines with great depth and concentration.