For former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe, owning a winery has been a longtime aspiration that would allow him to combine his passion for fine wine and the love of the Walla Walla Valley.
Drew returned to his hometown in 2007 to plant his estate vineyard, McQueen, in SeVein Vineyards of Distinction. The following year, Drew launched Doubleback, an estate-focused winery with the goal to produce ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon from the Walla Walla Valley. To make this dream a reality, Drew and his wife Maura, are collaborating with Drew’s childhood friend and Consulting Winemaker, Chris Figgins of Figgins Family Wine Estates, known for producing Leonetti Cellar and FIGGINS.
The first release from Doubleback, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, was rewarded with a spot on the 2010 Wine Spectators Top 100 List. In early 2011, Drew acquired a second estate vineyard in SeVein, named Bob Healy, after his late father-in-law to further assist the production of high-quality Walla Walla Valley fruit for Doubleback.
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