2019 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.
Varietal Composition: 99% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Merlot; Selection: From three rounds of barrel selection to whittle down to the right impact of new and neutral oak.
Dark, luscious and dramatically structured, this epic Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon displays soaring aromas of blackberry compote, cassis and dark chocolate, followed by hints of tar, cigar leaf, sage and juniper berry. Lush and sensual on the palate, with excellent grip and firm, mouth-coating tannins it offers indulgent dark berry flavors wrapped around a fascinating core of umami and mineral tones that bring a sophisticated savory note to the long, generous finish.
Heavy winter snowfall in 2019 led to well-irrigated soils and a late budbreak. The relatively cool weather continued throughout spring and summer with temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s, and only a few days over 100º F. This allowed for beautiful flavor development balanced by ideal acid retention, producing elegant and age-worthy wines with lovely energy and character, supple tannins and bright, juicy flavors.