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2012 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon "Walla Walla"

Winery: Doubleback

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Walla Walla"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot & 1% Merlot

Region: Walla Walla Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $89

Cases produced: 3,000

KWG Score: 95.5 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (95)

Review date: August 24, 2015

Wine Review: This dark violet colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla is Excellent. Drew Bledsoe and his Doubleback label continue to impress me each year. This vintage opens with a fragrant and attractive black cherry bouquet with hints of boysenberry and gentle oak. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced, and super smooth. The flavor profile is a chocolate and black cherry blend with nicely integrated oak. I also detected hints of blueberry and faint minerality. The finish is dry and its moderate dusty tannins linger and last for quite a while. This Excellent Cab impressed everyone that tried it. It paired perfectly with my ribeye steak at Del Frisco's. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: 2012 was simply a classic Washington vintage. The weather was perfect from bud break to harvest. The 2012 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon is my favorite effort to date. I feel the wine is even more complete than my previous favorite, the 2008. The wine has intensely dark color. The nose displays an interesting combination of black and blue fruit saute, creme cassis, and mixed floral notes paired with crushed fir needles, market spice tea, and cedar shavings. From the first sip the wine is smooth, broad in its palate impression, rich and sweet. There is an almost unexplainable deliciousness factor that I find irresistible. The tannins are impeccably integrated, long, and soft with just enough heft to give the wine a solid backbone and fantastic aging potential. This wine is approachable enough to enjoy immediately, but will reward 5-20 years of aging for the patient. Chris Figgins, Consulting Winemaker.

Organic status: not organic

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