Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
|Region||United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley|
There are two Cabernet Sauvignon releases from this estate. Looking at the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon first, it checks I as 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot that was aged 23 months in new and once-used French oak. This gorgeous, full-bodied effort has a wonderful sense of purity and balance as well as classic notes of cassis, blueberries, graphite, charcoal, chocolate, and lead pencil shavings. It's one of the top wines in the vintage and will keep for 20-25 years or more. It's a wine that builds slowly with time in the glass, so give it a solid decant if drinking anytime soon.
Full medium ruby. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice and graphite are a bit darker than those of the 2016. Densely packed, even a bit youthfully imploded, offering terrific energy and peppery vinosity to its chewy flavors of blackberry, cassis, licorice, bitter chocolate and minerals. Lovely salinity contributes nuance but there's also enticing fruit sweetness here. Finishes with surprising floral lift and sneaky length, with the chewy, building tannins in need of patience but avoiding dryness even in the early going. This savory, vibrant, firmly structured wine is more pliant and deep than the gripping 2016 but will require patience as well.
This wine is a blend of fruit from McQueen, Lefore, Bob Healy, Seven Hills and Figgins vineyards. Vibrant aromas of char, dark chocolate, coffee, cherry and barrel spice lead to a pleasingly restrained palate, with a tart snap of acidity. It shows the variety's sophisticated side. Best after 2025.