Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


SKU 30036


2012 was simply a classic Washington vintage. The weather was perfect from bud break to harvest and was a welcome change from the abnormal seasons of '09, '10, and '11. The 2012 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon is my favorite effort to date. I feel the wine is even more complete than my previous favorite, the 2008. The wine has intensely dark color. The nose displays an interesting combination of black and blue fruit sauté, crème cassis, and mixed floral notes paired with crushed fir needles, market spice tea, and cedar shavings. From the first sip the wine is smooth, broad in its palate impression, rich and sweet. There is an almost unexplainable deliciousness factor that I find irresistible. The tannins are impeccably integrated, long, and soft with just enough heft to give the wine a solid backbone and fantastic aging potential. This wine is approachable enough to enjoy immediately, but will reward 5-20 years of aging for the patient.
Category Red Wine
Country United States
Region Washington
Appellation Walla Walla Valley
Brand Doubleback
Alcohol/vol 14.4%
  • wa95+

Wine AdvocateAnother killer wine from the collaboration between Chris Figgins and Drew Bledsoe, there are 3,000 cases of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and it offers sensational notes of tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings, graphite and sweet cassis on the nose. This is followed up by a full-bodied, concentrated, and still elegant 2012 that has lots of tannin, beautiful purity of fruit and a seamless texture that keep you coming back to the glass. Made from 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot, aged 20 months in 83% new French oak, give this rocking 2012 3-4 years in the cellar and enjoy it through 2032+.

Jeb Dunnuck, June 2015
  • we93

Wine EnthusiastThis is a compelling wine with aromas of coffee, dried herbs, cherry and barrel spices. It wins over on finesse rather than power but shows more than ample amounts of both. There's enough structure that it will benefit from some time in the cellar. It will be best from 2019-2027.

Sean Sullivan, September 1, 2015
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorFirm in texture, with smoky, licorice-accented blackberry, cherry, molasses and coffee flavors that keep gaining momentum as they play against a mild grip of tannins. The finish pushes on, showing tremendous presence and persistence. Best after 2017. 3,000 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, September 30, 2015