Hello friends. I just received confirmation that we will be receiving a parcel of today’s wine. The size of the parcel is still a little fuzzy, but I don’t want to waste any time turning this one around:
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.
So, then: a word about allocations and timing first. I’m going to set max orders at 6 bottles, but that may be optimistic. If our parcel turns out to be smaller than expected, 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, at which point we’ll send our allocation notices. And then the wine should arrive quickly too (probably next week).
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. As of last year 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.) When launching the project, 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). Last October, Doubleback announced that they were elevating Josh McDaniels to the head winemaker role. Josh had spent 2010-2014 as the Assistant Winemaker to Chris Figgins at Figgins Estate, so he had already worked extensively on Doubleback. I expect to see approximately zero stylistic changes to the wine.
This 2013 is now the seventh vintage for Doubleback, the fourth to contain fruit from Drew’s estate McQueen Vineyard (planted in 2007), and the third to contain fruit from his other estate site, Bob Healy Vineyard. The remainder comes from four Walla Walla Valley stalwarts: Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, 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.”) The wine spent 22 months in French oak, 75% new, the remainder second fill. No reviews yet for the 2013, but the press seems to keep getting stronger with each passing year, culminating with a 95+pt review from Jeb Dunnuck last year for the 2012. Of course, by the time that review was published, the wine was long-since sold out, and I expect the same pattern for the 2013.
Here are the winemaker notes on this vintage: [TEXT WITHHELD].
Please limit order requests to 6 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in the next week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.