Note from Drew
The vision at Doubleback has remained constant from the beginning — to make world-class wines that are the truest possible expression of the Walla Walla Valley, my hometown. Our estate vineyards — McQueen, Bob Healy, and now Flying B — produce fruit that is complex and rich, yet balanced and elegant. These traits are clearly shown in our 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, and we couldn’t be more excited. Our outstanding team, led by Winemaker Josh McDaniels, brings our wines to life by guiding every step from the vineyard to the bottle with precision and passion. We sincerely hope that Doubleback wines bring you and your loved ones great joy for years to come.
I absolutely love the 2014 Doubleback. A beautifully dark and saturated color that leads in to aromatics of raspberry, blackberry cobbler and cocoa powder. Digging deeper reveals sagebrush, menthol and rosemary that evolves and opens with grace over time — a completely entrancing wine. A large mouthfeel of dark fruit, dark chocolate and enticing length with perfect acidity for balance. Incredibly rich and lush, this wine is complex, ridiculously layered, and will age for years to come. Being almost entirely from McQueen Vineyard, the 2014 is a great testament to the strength of this site. Fractured basalt driven soils, wind that thickens the skins and develops tannin, and a higher elevation that retains the acidity and allows for more hang time — I couldn’t be more proud of this wine.
2014 was a gloriously generous vintage in numerous ways. The spring opened with bud break two weeks earlier than normal. Bloom weather was superb and resulted in perfect fruit set across the valley. The summer was a warm one with 12 days topping 100°F. We began the vintage with our first pick of Loess Syrah on September 13th and finished with our final pick of Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon on October 16th. The earliest picks were marked with big tannin due to the warm year which required careful vinification to bring out the best characteristics. As the mid to latter blocks were harvested, tannins became broad and soft due to their longer hang time. All of the wines without exception have incredibly deep color, and beautiful fruit aromatics and flavors.
- BLEND PROFILE
- 89% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 8% Petit Verdot
- 2% Malbec
- 1% Merlot
- Walla Walla Valley
- WALLA WALLA VALLEY VINEYARD SOURCES
- Bob Healy
- BARREL/AGING PROGRAM
- Aged in 73% new French oak and 27% neutral French oak barrels for 22 months.
- Cases Produced: 2,492
- CELLARING RECOMMENDATION
- 5 years from vintage year or up to 15-20 years