Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Washington
#54 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
The 2007 Cabernet has beautiful color saturation to the rim. the nose opens with whiffs of cinnamon, clove and other baking spices. There are elements of cherry blossoms, floras components, repe red and black fruit puree, with sublte notes of earthy sweet forest floor and hints of toasty oak. The palate is quite mouth-coating, almost silk-like. The very fine-grained soft tannins and broad, lush mouth-feel are supported by excellent acidity. The finish is very long and persistent. I'm incredibly proud of Doubleback's first vintage; I want to thank Drew and Maura for supporting me in sourcing the finest vineyards and entrustig me to craft a wine reflective of their vision.
Wine Spectator - "Dense, dark, powerful and expressive, not heavy but beautifully focused, pointing its black cherry, black currant, plum, cocoa and exotic spice flavors into the long, savory finish. The tannins submerge easily. Drink now through 2017."
The Wine Advocate - "Bledsoe, a native of eastern Washington, is planting a vineyard in a remarkable development right on the Oregon/Washington border of Walla Walla Valley but in the meantime, he and Figgins have collaborated on a 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 13.2% Merlot and 11.3% Petit Verdot that I tasted as a barrel sample one year ago. Now in bottle, it was aged for 22 months in 60% new French oak. It displays a purple-color, aromas of sandalwood, Asian spices, lilacs, earth notes, black currant, and plum. Dense, smooth-textured, and with excellent volume, it has enough stuffing to evolve for 4-6 years and will offer a drinking window extending from 2014 to 2027. "
Wine Enthusiast - "This Drew Bledsoe/Chris Figgins collaboration is a serious effort, dusty, dense, and dark. The blend is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and 11% Petit Verdot, finished at 14.4% alcohol. The wine begins with whiffs of cinnamon, smoke, cured meat and bacon; then come tight, dry, stone-soaked flavors of cassis and black fruits. Floral highlights elevate the nose, and lead into a finish with accents of toasted nuts, almond paste and chalk."
International Wine Cellar - "Good deep ruby-red. Brambly, almost candied aromas of blackberry, black cherry and boysenberry, complicated by graphite and lifted by a violet note. Densely packed, juicy and youthfully tight; not a fleshy wine but boasts excellent lift. Brisk flavors of blackberry, violet and mint are in harmony with the wine's firm but rather suave tannins. This is the very promising first release from ex-NFL star quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe went to high school in Walla Walla with Chris Figgins, who made the wine at the Artifex Wine Company in Walla Walla, vinifying in open-top fermenters and aging the wine in French barriques, 60% new. The blend includes 75.5% cabernet sauvignon from Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills, merlot from the Figgins' Upland Vineyard and petit verdot from Bledsoe's Flying B vineyard outside the town of Echo, on the Oregon side of the Columbia Valley."
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Chris Figgins and Drew Bledsoe go back many years, as they grew up a stone’s throw from each other, some 400 yards from the Leonetti Cellar Estate in Walla Walla. After high school, they both went on to pursue their own ambitions and personal successes. The two reconnected in early 2007 when Drew made the decision to enter the wine business. After much research, Drew decided on his hometown of Walla Walla as his first choice for his vineyard and winery location. Chris was certainly at the top of Drew’s list for a consulting winemaker but was unsure of Chris’ interest outside of Leonetti Cellar. The timing was very serendipitous as Chris had just started Figgins Enological and was looking for the perfect client for his first consulting collaboration. Chris, having a very high respect for Drew, seriously entertained taking on Doubleback as his client and their business relationship became official in the spring of 2007 just as Drew announced his retirement from the NFL. Chris consults on all winemaking and viticulture practices as well as assisted in the vineyard design and planting for McQueen, Drew’s estate vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. It is a true collaboration from dirt to bottle. View all Doubleback Wines
About Walla Walla Valley
Sharing part of the valley with Oregon, Walla Walla is on the southeast side of the Columbia Valley. It is primarily red grape land, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading in the vineyards, followed by Merlot and the ever-growing and very popular, Syrah.In the 1990's, as Washington State was gaining more acclaim for its red wines, Walla Walla was hailed by wine critics for its quality and sense of place. That has not changed. Many red wines from Walla Walla show not only great complexity and elegance, but ageability. Though the region is known for the red wines, the most planted white grape here is Chardonnay.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.