Washington State’s Duckhorn Wine Company is releasing its second vintage nationally, beginning this month.
Like the 2012 vintage, the 2013 Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted using grapes from some of Red Mountain’s most renowned vineyards, the company says, including Klipsun, Ambassador, Quintessence, and Shaw.
In addition to sourcing from local growers, Duckhorn Wine Company acquired and planted its 20-acre Red Mountain Longwinds Estate Vineyard, which will begin yielding fruit for Canvasback in 2017. Located near the top of the mountain above the frost zone, at an elevation of approximately 900 to 1,100 feet, the property was widely recognized as the most coveted uncultivated site of the mountain, the company said.
The site was planted, and is being farmed, by Canvasback Vineyard Manager, and Washington winegrowing authority, Dick Boushey, who is a past “Grower of the Year” honoree by both the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers and the Washington State Grape Society, according to the company.
“Establishing an estate vineyard is a testament to how committed we are to being here on Red Mountain, and hiring Washington native Brian Rudin as winemaker is a testament to how committed we are to quality,” says Duckhorn Wine Company President & CEO Alex Ryan.
With the 2013 vintage release, Canvasback has increased production more than twofold from 2,500 cases. To maintain the quality of the debut vintage, which sold out in months, Canvasback sourced additional fruit from its core growers, the company said, while also establishing new grape-sourcing partnerships with three other top Red Mountain growers: Canyons, Kiona Vineyard – Heart of the Hill and Obelisco.