2017 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2017 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of newly tilled forest earth and fresh blackberry accented by touches of sweet coffee and raspberry jam on toast. The palate leads with a dark and silky presence balanced by bright blueberry, providing a subtle, integrated sweetness. The wine evolves to a long, nuanced finish, showing apricot cobbler with hints of minerality.
In our quest to produce terroir-centric Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington’s best appellations, we looked to Red Mountain, a small AVA located at the eastern edge of Yakima Valley, directly adjacent to our winery. Warmer than both Walla Walla Valley and Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain benefits from heat, low rainfall, and sandy loam and gravel soils that produce highly concentrated fruit. These conditions result in smaller berries and higher tannin presence, which is why Red Mountain wines are renowned for their powerful, robust nature.
Several different lots were selected for our 2017 Double Canyon Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, dominated by fruit from Quintessence Vineyard’s Block 51. This block of fruit consistently demonstrates power and opulence, and the 2017 vintage was no exception. Fruit from this part of Red Mountain tends to ripen faster as compared to other Washington growing regions, allowing it to progress to its full potential without impact from colder fall weather. This wine is a beautiful example of quality Red Mountain fruit managed through the winemaking process to preserve its distinctive character without developing an overwhelming structure.
Established in 2007, Double Canyon’s driving focus is crafting exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon from great vineyard sites across Washington’s best appellations. Double Canyon wines reflect unique traits resulting from the region’s volcanic activity, ancient glacial deposits, desert soils and the persistent wind that blows off the Columbia River