The Double Canyon winery was founded in 2007 in the Horse Heaven Hills, one of Washington state’s premium viticultural areas. They have 90 acres of vines planted predominantly to five red Bordeaux varietals and Syrah but consider themselves Cabernet Sauvignon specialists.Double Canyon is named for two ravines that run through the property. Influenced by volcanic activity, ancient glacial deposits, desert soils, and a persistent wind that blows off the river, Double Canyon wines capture the distinctive character of this renowned appellation.Located between the Columbia River and the Yakima Valley, Horse Heaven Hills is characterized by a dry desert landscape where strong winds blow continuously across the vineyards. Proximity to the river moderates temperatures and provides a consistent source of water to irrigate the vines in one of Washington’s warmest appellations. The area also experiences diurnal shifts between extended sunny, warm days and cool evenings. As a result, Cabernet Sauvignon from this region shows ripeness and depth while maintaining optimal natural acidity, making it some of the most sought-after fruit in Washington State. In 2017, a new winery was completed with the capacity to produce in excess of 50,000 cases annually. Double Canyon wines consistently score in the 90s and the 2016 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet received a 92 from both the Wine Enthusiast and Decanter.Double Canyon Estate is in the process of becoming LIVE certified sustainable.
The 2017 vintage marks the first year that Double Canyon wines were produced entirely at their new state-of-the-art facility adjacent to Red Mountain. The 2017 growing season provided typical excellent growing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. The Horse Heaven Hills experienced significant moisture accumulation in the early spring, and tapered off significantly as the season progressed, which provided perfect conditions for bloom and fruit set. Post veraison temperatures provided enough heat to encourage adequate sugar development. Ideal berry sizes resulted in excellent extraction, producing wines with great depth and concentration.
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