By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://doublecanyon.com
Double Canyon is a new winery in the state of Washington whose initial release is a Cabernet Sauvignon. It sources fruit from the prized Horse Heaven Hills AVA, which is home to some of Washington’s better vineyards as well.
Using land that was originally owned by Don and Linda Mercer, the Double Canyon vineyard site is now in the hands of William Beightol. William has been tending to this area since he was a kid, literally, as he grew up across the street from where the Vineyard is at today.
- Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
- Vineyard: Double Canyon
- Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Cooperage: 20 months in French oak; 35% new
- Price: $40
On the nose: Ripe raspberries, cherries, clay, herb, peppercorn, leather and cocoa.
On the palate: Very soft tannins for such a young wine and comes across as an “old soul”. There’s a nice combination of red fruits, soil, forest floor and some herbaceousness going on here. Good acids (as is the case with most all of the 2010 Washington Reds I’ve had so far), enticing fruit, and approachable tannins make for a very solid Cabernet.