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#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.
"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."
"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.
The Wine Advocate
"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."
"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."
International Wine Cellar
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...Read More About Doubleback
So nice, they say it twice...
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...Read More About Walla Walla Valley
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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