A relatively new winery with its roots firmly planted in the Horse Heaven Hills, Double Canyon (http://www.doublecanyon.com) has a new modern tasting room that is sure to satisfy any Cabernet lover. The core of the project is the Double Canyon Vineyard, comprised of 90 acres in the center of Horse Heaven Hills, six miles from the Columbia River. The vineyard produces considerably less fruit than other vineyards which focuses the plant’s resources into fewer clusters. The vineyard sees long days with a great deal of sunlight. Planted to a host of Cabernet Sauvignon clones, Will Beightol, Double Canyon General Manager and Winegrower, has been overseeing the vineyard since it was first planted in 2007.
Now to the wines. I really enjoyed the 2014 Double Canyon ‘Double Canyon Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon (WWB, 91) for its richness and terroir. Something about this wine just screams Horse Heaven Hills. Double Canyon also makes a great 2015 Petit Verdot (WWB, 90) which showcases this varietal very nicely, showing savory and herbal qualities. Learn more about this exciting winery at http://www.doublecanyon.com Here are the new releases by Double Canyon.
2015 Double Canyon ‘Horse Heaven Hills’ Cabernet Sauvignon- The 2015 ‘Horse Heaven Hills’ Cabernet Sauvignon by Double Canyon is a really good value. Nice dusty terroir, herbal notes and black fruits dominate the nicely perfumed nose. The palate shows good poise and balance with a smooth mouthfeel and black fruit flavors with a touch of black olive. This highly approachable Cabernet shows nice persistence from this somewhat challenging vintage that was marked by heat spikes. Drink 2018-2024- 90
2014 Double Canyon ‘Double Canyon Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon- Inky once in the glass, the 2014 Double Canyon ‘Double Canyon Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon starts off with copious dark fruits and a touch of chocolate and sage on the nose. The palate shows good weight and minerality. Delicious and decadent, this will age well over the next decade. Drink 2018-2028- 91
2015 Double Canyon ‘Double Canyon Vineyard’ Petit Verdot- Sweet oak and dark fruits mark the nose. The palate shows good richness and complexity with black olive, black tea and mocha flavors that connect with some lighter tannins. This is probably best enjoyed over the next five to seven years. Drink 2018-2024- 90