2016 Canvasback Red Mountain Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon
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 Canvasback, our aim is to express and develop the depth, structure and sophistication that define wines from this young and exciting appellation.
Blackcurrants, black cherries, spice box, dried herbs, and earthy notes all emerge from the glass, and it's medium-bodied, elegant, and seamless on the palate, with beautiful fruit. It's good today but has good underlying tannins, and I suspect it will keep for 10+ years.
Varietal Content: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc; Cooperage:
97% French oak, 3% American oak, Barrel Aging: 20 months, 1% new, 32% neutral, 27% second vintage
Robust and alluring, this gorgeous expression of Red Mountain Cabernet offers a medley of blue plum, black cherry and red berry aromas, along with notes of black licorice, cardamom, clove and sandalwood. On the palate, a creamy entry and ripe, fine-grained tannins build to a richly polished mid-palate, where luxurious layers of fruit mingle with hints of hazelnut, nutmeg, and baking spices.
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.
2016 Canvasback Red Mountain Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon is an easy drinking, smooth, crowd pleasing wine. Robust and full while with notes of juicy berries and interesting baking spices this wine is a great choice for dinner parties and the holidays – especially Thanksgiving. We served to a group of friends over a large charcuterie of rich and creamy cheeses, salami, fresh fruit, pickled vegetables and preserves and it was perfect. Even self-stated ‘non wine lovers’ were enjoying it and asking for more. But I knew it would be a great choice for everyone before pulling the cork because my husband and I always love wines grown locally here in Washington state’s Red Mountain region. It’s a tradition for us to stop in at many of the beautiful tasting rooms on the way to visit family in the area. And bringing the renowned exceptional wines from this region into our home brings back great memories for us, so although I completed this review in exchange for compensation and free product, all views are my own.