Double Eagle combines two passions of David Grieve and Vance Rose; it is the rarest of golf shots and is the latest release of our evocative Bordeaux blend. We have traditionally produced three Bordeaux varietals (cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc) since our initial vintage in 2006 and have blended the best barrels of each varietal together to make our small quantities of Double Eagle. The cabernet sauvignon contributes strength, tannin and cedar, the merlot contributes the lovely dusty plum and the cabernet franc brings beautiful violets and lavender. 2012 was the first warm vintage since 2007 and quite a wonderful growing season. We harvested about two weeks early with each varietal and the fruit arrived at the winery in beautiful condition after one sort in the vineyard. With each varietal we sorted again at the winery, preceded to a cold soak and then native yeast fermentations. This, coupled with a few days of extended maceration post-fermentation gives the wine richness and the tannic structure to create a nice backbone for the wine.
The wine has expressive aromas of cedar, dusty plum, caramelized anise, cassis, cocoa and coffee. The wine has long lingering flavors of plum, anise, shiitake mushroom and lavender with a beautiful bright savory acidity at the finish.
Wine SpectatorTightly focused and showing a core of minerally tannins, this offers aromas of black currant that lead to firm but complex flavors of cherry, cedar and spice. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2021. 3,848 cases made.