2009 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.doubleback.com

Drew Bledsoe – the famous NFL Quarterback – hails from Washington State so it’s no wonder why he’d have an interest in launching a winery project in Walla Walla. Along with long-time friend, Chris Figgins (Leonetti) – this 2009 Doubleback Cab represents a collaborative effort between Chris and Drew. It’s a highly sought-after wine, has a limited production with a huge following.

Technical Data:

  • Vineyard sources: Loess, Seven Hills, LeFore, Pepper Bridge
  • Blend:  76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot
  • Cooperage:  50% new French oak and 50% neutral French oak barrels for 20 months
  • Alcohol: 14.4% 
  • Bottling Date: 7/20/11
  • Release Date: Early Spring 2012
  • Cases Produced: 1600
  • Hand-numbered sequentially packed 6-packs
  • Retail price: $89

2009 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon

The vineyards are near the Seven Hills project, just outside of Milton-Freewater Oregon (still within the Walla Walla AVA).

View from the Bledsoe Vineyard

Nose: Cherry cola. black rasberry, currant, kalamata olive, allspice, leather.

Taste: Cran-raisin, peppercorn, cherry cola and dark chocolate – good mid palate with a finish that lingers well but could use a bit more acidity to help balance the lush fruit.

W.E.P. Rating: 70%

How we rate:

  • Syrah P.

    Limited Production? 1600 cases? Really, ok if you say so!