2016 Canvasback Grand Passage Red Mountain Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon
For those who prize purity, concentration and layered complexity, our Grand Passage Cabernet Sauvignon embodies the essence of the Red Mountain region of Washington State. With a dry, desert-like climate, ideal southwest-facing slopes, and significant day and nighttime temperature swings, this renowned appellation yields wines of unparalleled depth and structure. Crafted using grapes from the very finest vineyards, Grand Passage represents the best of Red Mountain.
The Canvasback Grand Passage Cabernet Sauvignon earned a coveted spot in Andy Purdue's 25 top Northwest wines for 2019!
More expensive, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Passage checks in as a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot brought up all in French oak, 80% being new. It offers more purity as well as lifted notes of blueberries, violets, and scorched earth. With medium to full body, hints of background oak, building tannins, and a great finish, drink it over the coming 10-15+ years.
Varietal Content: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot; Cooperage: 100% French oak - 80% new, 10% neutral, 10% second
Marked by its purity and opulence, the 2016 Grand Passage is an epic Cabernet with an opaque-black color, and effusive aromas of blackberry, marionberry, huckleberry, graham cracker pie crust and black licorice. Lush and hedonistic on the palate, its considerable weight is beautifully balanced by tremendous polish and supple, fine-grained tannins that enrobe voluptuous flavors of brambly berry, dark chocolate and cigar leaf, all of which glide to a long and seamless finish.
The 2016 growing season will likely be one of the stars of the decade. Marked by deep color, generous richness, and fine-grained tannins, the 2016 Cabernets benefited from an unusually long growing season. An early bud-break, above-average spring rainfall, and warm spring temperatures were followed by mild summer and fall weather. This ensured a slow and steady harvest, with the grapes achieving ideal physiological ripeness after enjoying abundant hangtime. As a result, the wines offer beautifully supple textures and lovely aromatics, with noteworthy complexity, freshness and weight.
This is an amazing full robust wine with a rich dark berry flavor and undertones of cocoa and subtle spices. We enjoyed it as part of a fall family dinner party on a cool evening where I served a chipotle chicken tortilla soup. This wine paired perfectly with the spicy soup and was a perfect compliment. For dessert, I served a chocolate tart topped with fresh berries and whipped cream and it also went great with this wine! “I completed this review in exchange for compensation and free product, but all views are my own."