Hello friends. I just received confirmation that we will be receiving “some” of this wine. And that’s good enough for me:
This is an extremely limited wine. Over the years since its launch with the 2008 vintage, it has received terrific press from a broad range of sources (massive reviews from Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and Wine Advocate), and it has only grown more and more difficult to acquire. And as you all know by now, 2012 has been an extremely well-received vintage in Washington, which only ups the allocation pressures.
So, then: a word about allocations and timing first. I’m going to set max orders at 4 bottles, but the truth is, I only know right now that we’re getting “some” of this wine. In my (probably optimistic) mind, that’s a decent-sized “some.” If it turns out to be a (probably more realistic) miniscule “some,” I apologize in advance for under-allocation and sold-out notices. Now timing. Please try to get order requests in by the end of the day on Monday. We should hear final word fairly quickly (like later this week), at which point we’ll send our allocation notices. And then the wine should arrive quickly too (probably this week; next week at the latest).
Many of you already know about this project. For those who don’t, this is the rare Washington celebrity project, from the football-worn hands of one Drew Bledsoe. (Note: Drew deserves extra accolades this year, as he helped to finally open up Massachusetts to direct shipping. I lived in MA from 1996 to 2004, and I wasn’t sure this day would ever come.) Drew chose about as strong a consultant as you can find in the Walla Walla Valley: Chris Figgins of Figgins Family Wine Estates/Leonetti Cellars. For the full scoop, check out Sean Sullivan’s Focus Report from April 2010.
This 2012 is the sixth vintage for Doubleback, the third to contain fruit from Drew’s estate McQueen Vineyard (planted in 2007; 40% of the blend), and the second to contain fruit from his other estate site, Bob Healy Vineyard (20% of the blend). The remainder comes from three Walla Walla Valley stalwarts: Seven Hills, Waliser, and Lefore, (a vineyard in the rocks; Chris Figgins has said of this site: “Cabernet Sauvignon from the LeFore vineyard, grown in gravels, builds complexity and adds a savory minerality to the finish of the wine.”)
I sampled this at the kind of tasting that does not lend itself to writing detailed notes, but my general impression was knee-buckling positive. Because of the increasing prevalence of estate fruit in the mix, this project is just getting more and more interesting. Chris Figgins is crafting a beautiful wine from these exciting raw materials: powerful and elegant, balanced and clearly built for the long haul. It spent about two years in barrel, 83% new French oak, and it clocks in at 14.4% listed alc.
Here are Chris Figgins’ notes on this vintage: [TEXT WITHHELD].
And here is the only published review to date, a barrel sample review from Jeb Dunnuck: Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD].
Please limit order requests to 4 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.