Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
2008 is one of my favorite vintages and the '08 Doubleback exhibits every reason why. In the glass the wine has an inky dark color to the rim. The nose is simply gorgeous, leading with floral aromas, cassis and raspberry puree over chocolate, fading to coffee and a hint of pine resin in the background. On the palate, the wine delivers a fantastic purity of fruit across a plush mouth feel which is cut by incredible natural acidity. This year we added Cabernet Sauvignon from the LeFore vineyard grown in "gravels" which builds complexity and adds a savory minerality to the finish of the wine. Slightly more concentrated than the '07 Doubleback, I believe this wine will age beautifully for 20+ years but is drinking fantastic right now.
"Broad, ripe and generous, with a weightless feel to the dense cherry, blackberry and herb flavors, mingling effortlessly with fine tannins on the long finish. Should age to an elegant style. Drink now through 2020. 900 cases made."
"The fruit for the 2008 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from four prominent Walla Walla vineyards with the final blend consisting of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot aged in 60% new French oak for 22 months. A total of 900 cases were produced. Notes of pain grille, pencil lead, Asian spices, incense, violets, black cherry, and a hint of chocolate inform the nose of a dense, smooth-textured, suave, beautifully balanced wine that will reward 4-5 years of cellaring. It offers a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2028. "
The Wine Advocate
"Not a lot of wood scents are showing, though the aging took place in roughly 50% new oak barrels. This has forward, pretty black fruits, juicy acids, some still-unresolved astringency, and aromatically it incorporates a nice herbal note, reminiscent of green tea. Still too young to drink, and the rating could go higher with more bottle age.
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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...
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Learn About Walla Walla Valley
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...
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(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,...
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