Wine & Spirits 93
"Duckhorn's estate at the higher elevations of Red Mountain, planted in 2013, is becoming a precocious fruit source. This 2017 offers a lot of wine for the price, with intriguing tension between its savory elementstobacco leaf, sun-dried tomato skin, cedar frond, mochaand firm dark-plum fruit. Its a weighty wine, with formidable tannins, but it's delivered wholly on the rails, detailed and on point for steak."-W&S
Jeb Dunnuck 91
"The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain (84 Cabernet Sauvignon, 11 Merlot, 2 Mourvedre, 2 Petit Verdot, and 1 Syrah) sports a deep purple color to go with lots of smoked black fruits, chocolate, and classic Red Mountain minerality. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, and balanced, with ripe tannins, it's another impressive wine from this team that will evolve for 10-12 years, if not longer."-JD
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 90
"The 2017 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon has a ripe nose and is well put together with aromas of black cherries, redcurrant and dark plum with a delicate minerality, soft tobacco notes and red flowers. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is clean and correct with a structured mid-palate that delivers pleasure but decreases in amplitude over the finish. Its good but not as complex or as voluminous as their other bottlings in the range but delivers at a great price."-RP
"This beautifully aromatic wine begins with luxurious layers of ripe strawberry, damson plum, and grenadine, as well as spicy notes of cinnamon and clove. The palate is inviting and rich, offering energetic tannins that frame the brambly fruit, and oak-inspired accents of cocoa and graham cracker. Bright and supple, this juicy expression of Red Mountain Cabernet glides to a long, complex finish, with hints of earth and generous red berry flavors."-Winemaker Notes
"To create wines that are as complex as they are captivating, Canvasback is following the model established decades ago by Duckhorn Vineyards, and will ultimately combine grapes from top growers with fruit from Canvasback's own estate vineyard.
The Canvasback team has already established great relationships with the growers who farm some of the appellation's most esteemed vineyards, including Klipsun, La Coye, Shaw and Quintessence. In 2013, Canvasback put down roots on Red Mountain when it acquired a 20-acre unplanted vineyard site. Located near the top of the mountain, above the frost zone at an elevation of approximately 1,100 to 1,300 feet, the site was widely recognized as the most coveted uncultivated site of the mountain. Guided by Washington winegrowing legend and Canvasback vineyard manager Dick Boushey, and founding winemaker Brian Rudin, Canvasback began planting its Red Mountain vineyard predominantly to Cabernet Sauvignon in 2014.
In both the vineyard and winery, Brian embraces the challenge of making a richly compelling wine that shows the complexity and structure of great Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. "Red Mountain is one of the best places on earth to grow Cabernet," says Brian. "The desert environment, with its long days, cold nights and mineral-rich soils produce epic Cabernet Sauvignons."Blend: 84 Cabernet Sauvignon, 11 Merlot, 2 Mourvedre, 2 Petit Verdot, 1 Syrah"-Winery Notes
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Dedicated to making wines that reflect the unique character and quality of the vineyards, Renee strives to understand the needs and opportunities presented by each specific terroir and microclimate. By approaching each vineyard block individually, Renee's goal is to harvest when the flavors have reached their peak and the tannins are at their softest. In the winery, Renee applies an artisan's approach to winemaking, blending from almost 200 distinctive lots using taste and instinct, not formula. Wines are barrel-aged separately by vineyard lot, utilizing an extensive barrel program that sources 25 different types of oak from 13 separate cooperages. The resulting wines combine accents from a comprehensive barrel program with grapes from diverse smaller appellations within the broader Napa Valley, including Howell Mountain, Carneros, Yountville, Rutherford and St. Helena. For nearly four decades, the commitment to crafting wines of distinction has remained at the heart of the Duckhorn Vineyards philosophy. As its Napa Valley estate properties continue to mature under Renee's stewardship, the winery will continue creating world-class wines from exceptional vineyards.