Winery to Watch 2017

Washington: Canvasback

Duckhorn's Red Mountain Vineyard

On a rainy winter day in Carneros in early 2012, the Duckhorn team blind-tasted a number of domestic Bordeaux-style reds. When the bottles were revealed, many of their favorites came from Washington State. Within the year, they’d founded Canvasback, a Washington project; the following year, they purchased a 20-acre parcel on Red Mountain, planting a vineyard now managed by Dick Boushey. As they wait for the vines to mature, winemaker Brian Rudin has made a number of impressive bottlings from purchased fruit, pulling from some of Red Mountain’s best vineyard sites, including Klipsun, Quintessence, Kiona and Heart of the Hill. The 2014 Grand Passage, Rudin’s selection of his ten best barrels, is massive, yet it has a range of savory elements—lavender, cedar and mocha—that bring contour and finesse to the wine.