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Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Duckhorn 2013

External Review by WineExpress.com:

Canvasback is Duckhorn's first foray into Washington State. In order to create wines that are as complex as they are captivating, Canvasback is following the model established decades ago by Duckhorn Vineyards and will ultimately combine grapes from top growers with fruit from Canvasback's own estate vineyard. The Canvasback team has already established great relationships with the growers who farm some of the appellation's most esteemed vineyards, including Klipsun, La Coye, Shaw and Quintessence. Canvasback is guided by Washington winegrowing legend and Canvasback vineyard manager Dick Boushey, and founding winemaker Brian Rudin. In both the vineyard and winery, Brian embraces the challenge of making a richly compelling wine that shows the complexity and structure of great Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. "Red Mountain is one of the best places on earth to grow Cabernet," says Brian. "The desert environment, with its long days, cold nights and mineral-rich soils produce epic Cabernet Sauvignons" This, second vintage of Canvasback Cab is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Malbec aged 16 months in 40% new French oak. Wine & Spirits scored it 94 points in a barrel tasting and Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 90 as did Wine Review Online who said "Duckhorn's second vintage of Canvasback is a little tighter than the 2012, and can stand further bottle aging. Give it a good decant in the near term to enjoy its mix of blackberry, currants, anise, dried herbs and cinnamon clove spice, with moderate oak toast adding interest. Or stash some in the cellar for a few years, where it will likely soften its grip and let its charms come forward."

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Duckhorn Vineyards:
Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent a quarter century establishing itself as one of North America's premier producers of Bordeaux varietal wines. From its modest inaugural vintage of 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978, to its addition of Sauvignon Blanc in 1982, Duckhorn Vineyards has crafted a tradition of quality and excellence that continues today.

External Reviews for Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Duckhorn

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
02/29/2016

Canvasback is Duckhorn's first foray into Washington State. In order to create wines that are as complex as they are captivating, Canvasback is following the model established decades ago by Duckhorn Vineyards and will ultimately combine grapes from top growers with fruit from Canvasback's own estate vineyard. The Canvasback team has already established great relationships with the growers who farm some of the appellation's most esteemed vineyards, including Klipsun, La Coye, Shaw and Quintessence. Canvasback is guided by Washington winegrowing legend and Canvasback vineyard manager Dick Boushey, and founding winemaker Brian Rudin. In both the vineyard and winery, Brian embraces the challenge of making a richly compelling wine that shows the complexity and structure of great Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. "Red Mountain is one of the best places on earth to grow Cabernet," says Brian. "The desert environment, with its long days, cold nights and mineral-rich soils produce epic Cabernet Sauvignons" This, second vintage of Canvasback Cab is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Malbec aged 16 months in 40% new French oak. Wine & Spirits scored it 94 points in a barrel tasting and Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 90 as did Wine Review Online who said "Duckhorn's second vintage of Canvasback is a little tighter than the 2012, and can stand further bottle aging. Give it a good decant in the near term to enjoy its mix of blackberry, currants, anise, dried herbs and cinnamon clove spice, with moderate oak toast adding interest. Or stash some in the cellar for a few years, where it will likely soften its grip and let its charms come forward."


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
Vintage: 2012 05/07/2015

Duckhorn's first foray into Washington State. In order to create wines that are as complex as they are captivating, Canvasback is following the model established decades ago by Duckhorn Vineyards, and will ultimately combine grapes from top growers with fruit from Canvasback's own estate vineyard. The Canvasback team has already established great relationships with the growers who farm some of the appellation's most esteemed vineyards, including Klipsun, La Coye, Shaw and Quintessence. Canvasback is guided by Washington winegrowing legend and Canvasback vineyard manager Dick Boushey, and founding winemaker Brian Rudin. In both the vineyard and winery, Brian embraces the challenge of making a richly compelling wine that shows the complexity and structure of great Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. "Red Mountain is one of the best places on earth to grow Cabernet," says Brian. "The desert environment, with its long days, cold nights and mineral-rich soils produce epic Cabernet Sauvignons" and this is one of them. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot aged 16 months in 100% French oak (64% new). Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 90 points saying "Coming from a who’s who of Red Mountain vineyards, the inaugural release of this brand from Duckhorn Vineyards offers generous notes of dark coffee, espresso bean, dark cherries, sage and vanilla, with a pleasing interplay between fruit and barrel (64% new French). The plum and coffee flavors are restrained in style, with well-integrated tannins."



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