Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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Walla Walla Valley
Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Limited Production: 2000 cases produced, only 180 bottles available in Commonwealth of MA; Each bottle is hand numbered sequentially in 6 pack cases. We don't need to tell you this is limited and highly allocated! We deliver to your door!

For former NFL Quarterback Drew Bledsoe, owning a winery has been a longtime aspiration that would allow him to combine his passion for fine wine and the love of the Walla Walla Valley. Drew returned to his hometown in 2007 to plant his estate vineyard, McQueen, in SeVein Vineyards of Distinction. The following year, Drew launched Doubleback, an estate-focused winery with the goal to produce ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon from the Walla Walla Valley. To make this dream a reality, Drew and his wife Maura, are collaborating with Drew’s childhood friend and Consulting Winemaker, Chris Figgins of Figgins Family Wine Estates, known for producing Leonetti Cellar and FIGGINS.

The first release from Doubleback, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, was rewarded with a spot on the 2010 Wine Spectators Top 100 List. In early 2011, Drew acquired a second estate vineyard in SeVein, named Bob Healy, after his late father-in-law to further assist the production of high-quality Walla Walla Valley fruit for Doubleback.

The Bledsoe’s vision is to create a premium wine experience completely focused around quality. They are committed to using only the best viticulture and winemaking practices to ensure that Doubleback will be one of the best bottles of wine you will drink.

Vintage Notes:
2010 might be summed up as long, late, and light! The season began with an early bud break due to a teaser of an early spring. That false spring quickly hid itself giving us one of the coolest periods from bud break to bloom we can remember. Weather was cool and damp during bloom, which caused poor set of berries resulting in very light yields and gave us clusters that were very loose and open. The summer was quite normal with no heat spikes, so we never quite “caught up”. Therefore, harvest was three weeks behind normal, but thankfully we were graced with a perfect fall containing only a few scattered showers, which helped to ripen our low yields. Berries from 2010 were very small and intense in color and flavor. The wines are simply stupendous. Incredible fruit, concentration, acid... it’s all there. I only wish there were more!  Chris Figgins ~ Consulting Winemaker

Winemaker Notes:
Out of the bottle, the 2010 vintage is dark as port. The nose is full of pure, blue and black fruit, hints of dust, pine needles and sweet forest floor. I tasted the bottle opened for these notes over 7 days and the fruit never left. Cassis, baking spices, notes of cedar and caramel dominated until the end. To witness a wine evolve this seamlessly while open for over a week on my counter speaks volumes to how it will evolve in your cellar. Lay this wine down for decades if you wish or enjoy it now! The acid and tannins are in perfect balance, highlighting the elegance which Drew has tasked me with extracting from the fruit.

Drew's Tasting Notes:
The 2010 vintage may prove to be a benchmark for years to come. The long, late growing season produced deeper, darker fruit than in past vintages. In the glass, the classic ruby color we love is joined by a hint of purple. The nose exhibits the high-toned floral notes we have made a hallmark while also showing plum, maraschino cherry, vanilla and Asian spice notes. On the palate the wine exhibits the balance we continue to strive for; nicely integrated tannins, crisp acidity and beautiful Walla Walla Valley fruit. The bright red fruit is married nicely this year with some darker fruit flavors. The finish lasts and lasts. This is a wine that will reward with some bottle age but, if you must dive in, please decant for a couple of hours to allow it to really shine.

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  • 5
    All star wine from an all star quarterback!

    Posted by Andrew on 29th Apr 2013

    I had my doubts on the wine as most "celebrity" wines are lackluster i.e. Greg Norman, Vince Neil, Madonna, etc. But Drew Bledsoe's wine Doubleback won and received many accolades and awards. So I thought to give it a try.

    Bought it for my anniversary and we loved the wine! Had it with a prime rib and roasted garlic potatoes. My wife and I extremely enjoyed the wine. Bought 2 more bottles.

    We might buy more given the limited quantity.