Doubleback Winery is owned by former NFL Quarterback Drew Bledsoe, fulfilling a longtime aspiration that would allow him to combine his passion for fine wine and the love of the Walla Walla Valley, his hometown.
96 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "There are two Cabernet Sauvignon releases from this estate. Looking at the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon first, it checks I as 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot that was aged 23 months in new and once-used French oak. This gorgeous, full-bodied effort has a wonderful sense of purity and balance as well as classic notes of cassis, blueberries, graphite, charcoal, chocolate, and lead pencil shavings. It's one of the top wines in the vintage and will keep for 20-25 years or more. It's a wine that builds slowly with time in the glass, so give it a solid decant if drinking anytime soon."
★ 95 Points
A blockbuster new Cabernet blend from Hestan Vineyards. Usually only available to mailing list members we have a small amount of this tiny production Cabernet while our allocation lasts!
The fourth vintage of Dave Phinney's Disciples Red, the 2017 has arrived. The new Prisoner! Limited.
93 Points Robert Parker: "A blend of 76% Zinfandel, 13% Charbono, 6% Grenache and 5% Petite Sirah, the 2016 Disciples is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with gorgeous notions of hoisin, Black Forest cake, prunes and potpourri with hints of black pepper, unsmoked cigars and cloves. Full-bodied, rich, opulent and oh-so-spicy, it fills the palate with decadent fruit and a plush texture, finishing with a lively lift."
From the new winery The Crane Assembly, the Disciples Red has quite a back story. In August of 2012, four friends (Dave Phinney, Darryl Browman, Kevin A. Fox and Bryan D. Sandoli) stood in the middle of a block of hundred year old Zinfandel. The vineyard was planted by George Beldon Crane in the late nineteenth century and is one of the icons of the Napa Valley. Hours earlier they had signed the paperwork to buy the vineyard and it was just in the nick of time...they picked the grapes the next morning. Since that first year wines were made from our G.B. Crane Vineyard under the el Coco label and the GB Crane label.