Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon  2018
SKU: 06441

Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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$149.99

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For former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe, his field of dreams always extended beyond the stadium turf—all the way back to the Walla Walla Valley, his hometown. During his 14 year career, Drew had his eyes set on his post-game plan and upon his retirement in 2007, he 'double backed' and returned home to plant his original estate vineyard, McQueen, on the southern end of the Walla Walla Valley AVA. The following year, in 2008, Drew and his wife, Maura, launched Doubleback as an estate-focused winery with the goal to produce world-class cabernet sauvignon. To make his dream a reality, Drew hired Josh McDaniels away from Figgins Family Wine Estates where he trained for over a decade. Josh, now President & Director of Winemaking, is also a Walla Walla native, was named a “Game Changer of Washington Wine” by Wine Enthusiast and has most recently earned Doubleback’s highest rating with 97 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Since the very first release—the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon—Doubleback has received numerous accolades including a spot on the Wine Spectator Top 100 List.

The vision for Doubleback remains a premium, estate driven, wine experience, completely focused on quality. To further assist that vision, Drew and Josh have concentrated on developing individually distinct vineyard sites within the Walla Walla Valley AVA that now include four select vineyards—McQueen, Bob Healy, Flying B, and LeFore—and each bring a unique characteristic to the final blend. In early 2017, Doubleback also broke ground on a new winery facility that saw its inaugural vintage in 2018 on the Flying B estate. To Drew, Maura, Josh, and the team, wine is not just about drinking enjoyment but also a compelling, layered experience. It is something to be shared and enjoyed; it’s about romance, friendship, nature, good conversation and fellowship. They are committed to using only the most sustainable, superlative viticulture, and winemaking practices to ensure that Doubleback is one of the best experiences you will have. And we can personally attest to that fact. We visited Doubleback in September 2021 and had an incredible experience. Every wine was of a very high quality, delicious and truly 'Walla Walla.' 

Jeb Dunnuck
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The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% each of Malbec and Merlot) comes from a handful of sites in the Walla Walla Valley and spent 23 months in 67% new French oak. Classic, old-school notes of blackcurrants, leafy tobacco, earth, saddle leather, and spicy herbs gives way to full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with notable balance, a great mid-palate, ripe yet building tannins, and a great finish. This pure, clean, classic Cabernet will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age and keep for 20 years or more. It's beautifully done.

Vinous
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Saturated bright ruby to the rim. Inky, medicinal aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, licorice, bitter chocolate, menthol and minerals. Suave, fine-grained and intense on entry, then tight and dark in the middle palate, with blackberry, cassis, boysenberry, tropical bitter chocolate, licorice and spice flavors conveying a very primary character. Even today this firmly structured, rather brooding wine shows suave tannins and a modicum of pliancy but there's much to be gained by holding it for four or five years. Perhaps a little less savory than the 2017 and equally bound-up. Substantial dusty tannins are a bit dried in the early going by the wine's peppery herbal element. Lay this one down.

Stephen Tanzer, December 2020

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