LCBO Vintages Release
Home to some of Washington State’s most celebrated vineyards, Red Mountain is renowned for Cabernet Sauvignon. With ideal southwest-facing slopes and significant day and nighttime temperature swings, this small but highly prized area in Eastern Washington produces exceptional wines. Named for the Canvasback duck, which is native to the Pacific Flyway, this wine was crafted from grapes cultivated by some of Red Mountain’s finest growers. With the Canvasback project, Duckhorn’s aim is to express and develop the depth, structure, and sophistication that define wines from this young and exciting appellation.
In 2014, above average spring temperatures benefited grape flowering, resulting in very uniform set and berry development. As the hot weather continued during the mid-summer months, the vineyard team applied careful canopy management to ensure the delicate young clusters were shaded. While warm September weather resulted in a relatively quick pick, the early harvest also ensured that the fruit arrived in pristine condition, avoiding any late-season rain or frost. A near-perfect growing season for Cabernet Sauvignon, the vintage yielded wines with excellent acidity, lovely weight and polish, and ripe, supple tannins.
Composed of 87% Cabernet, 9% Merlot, 2% Malbec, and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine cellared 18 months in French oak barrels (40% new). It’s a fragrant Cab with aromas of blackberry and plum, as well as brighter notes of Bing cherry and wild strawberry and spicy anise and sarsaparilla. The palate is supple, weighty, and rounded, with ripe tannins and juicy acidity rounding out the framework of what is arguably a classically-structured Cabernet. Underscoring the lush character and fruit intensity is a lovely freshness that carries through the finish.
“Coming from a warm vintage in a hot region, this wine brings light aromas of mineral and red and black fruit along with a barrel-spice top note. The black-cherry flavors are lush, full and palate coating, supported by firm tannins. It’s high on the delicious scale.”
92 points, Wine Enthusiast, Feb 2017
“I first tasted these wines from Brian Rudin last year, and he continues to make outstanding wines, all from Red Mountain fruit. The 2014 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is certainly the good value play here, as it’s half the price of the top cuvee and just about as good. Not far behind the more expensive Grand Passage cuvee, the 2014 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and the balance Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Notes of black raspberries, cassis, black cherries, licorice and graphite all emerge from this perfumed, complex and elegant red that has medium to full-bodied richness and a clean, classy finish. Drink it anytime over the coming decade.”
91 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2017
“A faint, intriguing scent of mint and violets leads in this compelling red, a wine drawn from purchased fruit as the Canvasback team waits for its own vineyards to mature. With air, it takes on a dark fruit tone of black plums and cherries, lined with cedar, limned with chalky tannins. Stuffed with good components, this needs time to knit.”
91 points, Wine & Spirits, June 2017