2013 Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine & Spirits
In its second vintage on Red Mountain, Duckhorn produced a massive cabernet. The initial impression is that it’s so opaque, it won’t be able to get out of its own way. But after just ten minutes it starts to reveal its trajectory, a concentrated, powerful, black-fruited wine adorned with scents of lavender and rosemary—relentless, and yet completely in balance, and years from peak expression. It’s a cabernet to cellar and watch evolve for a decade.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made by Brian Rudin and a beautiful wine anyway you look at it, the 2013 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (there’s 9% Merlot and 3% Malbec) is a full-bodied, ripe, layered effort that has terrific notes of loamy earth, truffle, wild herbs and assorted black fruits. Aged 16 months in 40% new oak, from seven different parcels on Red Mountain, it has the fruit and texture to drink nicely today, but will cruise for a decade or more. (JD)
Firm, focused and dense, with cherry, black currant and licorice flavors, hinting at black pepper as the finish persists against a thick layer of fine tannins. Best after 2017. (HS)
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, the aim is to express and develop the depth, structure and sophistication that define wines from this young and exciting appellation.