The 2016 Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon offers a medley of blue plum, black cherry, and red berry aromas, along with notes of black licorice, cardamom, clove, and sandalwood. On the palate, a creamy entry and ripe, fine-grained tannins build to a richly polished mid-palate, where luxurious layers of fruit mingle with hints of hazelnut, nutmeg, and baking spices.
Established the Red Mountain wine region of Washington State in 2011, Canvasback is one of the seven wineries that is part of the Duckhorn family and is named for the Canvasback duck, which is native to the Pacific Flyway.
Varietal Composition: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Red Mountain AVA, Columbia Valley, Washington
Aging: 20 months in 97% French oak and 3% American oak, 1% new
91 Points - Vinous
"Bright red-ruby. Aromas and flavors of plum, redcurrant, blueberry, mocha, tobacco leaf, menthol, cardamom and sandalwood. Surprisingly soft in the mouth, with a silkiness of texture that feels more like Merlot than Cabernet. This broad, easygoing wine finishes with lovely length--and very smooth, harmonious tannins for Red Mountain. (14.5% alcohol; 41% new oak)" -ST, Dec/2019
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Bright, compelling aromas of raspberry, red currant and spice lead to ripe red-fruit flavors that taper toward the finish. Plump, surprisingly tamed tannins provide support." -SS, 11/1/19
91 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
"Blackcurrants, black cherries, spice box, dried herbs, and earthy notes all emerge from the glass, and it's medium-bodied, elegant, and seamless on the palate, with beautiful fruit. It's good today but has good underlying tannins, and I suspect it will keep for 10+ years."