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Bledsoe Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Drew Bledsoe

£65.00

per bottle

Deep, Bold & Structured

Blend: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Merlot 7% Malbec 6% Petit Verdot

Tasting Notes: During a challenging year like 2020, it was purely a pleasure to focus on farming and winemaking – an escape from the chaos of the world. Generally we had a nice, slightly warmer year than average and our vineyards flourished. Bloom was on time but we did have smaller than normal fruit set and that showed in the cellar as our yields were smaller and less wine was made compared to the previous vintage. We had a beautiful harvest with threats of wildfires on the West Coast that we prepared for and researched extensively. Despite the threat, the vintage was absolutely stunning and the resulting wines some of the best we have ever made. Intense color, bright aromatics, and beautiful tannings. We began harvest on September 22nd with Malbec from our Bob Healy Estate, and finished on October 22nd with Cabernet Sauvignon from McQueen.

Barrel/Ageing Program: 45% new French Oak and puncheons for 18 months

Appellation: Walla Walla Valley

Vineyard Sources: Bob Healy, Seven Hills, Estate Flying B, Pepper Bridge

Food Pairing: Match the heartiness of the wine with your BBQ steaks, burgers and ribs. Beef, lamb, game & poultry.

Award: Platinum 97 points – Decanter World Wine Awards

210 in stock (can be backordered)

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Description

Winemaker 

For former NFL Quarterback Drew, owning a winery has been a long-time aspiration that would allow him to combine his passion for fine wine and love of the Walla Walla Valley. In 2008, Drew launched Doubleback, an estate-focused winery with the goal of producing ultra-premium cabernet sauvignon from the Walla Walla Valley. To make this dream a reality, Drew collaborated with his childhood friend Chris Figgins of Figgins Family Wine Estates. Chris consulted on all winemaking and vineyard practices while training current winemaker, Josh McDaniels, who assumed the role in 2015. Since its first release, Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon has received numerous accolades most recently 99 points from Robert Parker and 96 points from Decanter. The vision for Doubleback remains to be a premium wine experience completely focused on quality. The somewhat patriotically named Elizabeth Chardonnay is one of our top white wine selections.

The Sporting Connection:

Drew Bledsoe is best known as the starting quarterback and face of the New England Patriots from 1993 to 2001. Drew then went on to play for the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys before retiring from the sport in 2007. For his accomplishments in New England, he was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2011. That “success” is something of an understatement and typical of Drew’s humble nature. A four-time Pro Bowler and Superbowl winner in 2001, he played fourteen seasons in the NFL. The name ‘Doubleback’ derives from Drew’s life journey. In his own words: “Doubleback is purely about a small-town kid that grows up in Walla Walla, goes off and has some success and then doubles back and comes back home”.

Additional information

Unit

per bottle

Wine colour

Red

Wine country

USA

Maker

Drew Bledsoe

Sport

American Football (NFL)

Wine year

2020

Wine closure

Cork

Wine abc

14.5%

Wine grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah

Wine origin

Walla Walla Valley

Wine style

Bold

Country

USA

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