The team became excited about the quality and character of the wines in Washington State.
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Canvasback was born in 2011, after Duckhorn Wine Company conducted an extensive blind tasting between Napa Valley and Washington State Cabernet Sauvignons. The team became excited about the quality and character of the wines in Washington State.
We began working with Vineyard Manager, Dick Boushey and cultivating relationships with the growers who farm some of the most esteemed vineyards in Red Mountain and Walla Walla Valley including Klipsun, Shaw, Quintessence, and Seven Hills Vineyard. Through these partnership, we release the inaugural vintage of Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon in 2012.
Our program is terroir-focused and aims to capture the unique soils, microclimate and terrain of each vineyard we work with.
Growing up in East Wenatchee, Washington, Brian witnessed the emergence of the Washington wine industry as he watched vineyards planted throughout the region. “There was a sense of excitement early on that our region was capable of producing world-class wines,” says Brian.
Inspired by this excitement, Brian began studying to be a sommelier, and soon joined several tasting groups. As his knowledge grew, so did his determination to make wine. He moved to Walla Walla to study at the Institute of Enology and Viticulture.
With over a decade of Washington winemaking experience, Brian joined Canvasback in 2014 as the founding winemaker. He practices a vineyard-focused approach, working closely with Canvasback’s renowned growers to cultivate grapes that capture a richly complex and compelling style.