Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series 2002
"Red Wine Cabernet Sauvignon by Woodward Canyon from Columbia Valley, Washington. This 2002 Artist Series was produced from grapes grown predominately at Champoux, Canoe Ridge, Woodward Canyon, Klipsun, and Tapteil vineyards. All of the grapes were harvested by hand and sorted prior to crushing. Only perfect clusters were used.... "
External Reviews for Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series
An intense, deeply extracted wine with a powerful bouquet of blackberry jam, red-fruit preserves, and plenty of new oak. This wine screams ldquo;Drink me!rdquo; from the first sniff. Itrsquo;s an 18-wheeler running down a steep grade. It explodes on the palate with a cloudburst of fruit, chocolate, smoke and oak, descending via soft, smooth tannins into a ripe, seductive, extened finish.
Production from the Canoe Ridge, Champoux, Sagemoor and Pepper Ridge vineyards has created the finest Artist Series Cabernet yet! The 1998 vintage was warm, and this 100% Cabernet reflects it. This is a pure expression of fully mature Washington Cabernet Sauvignon mdash; rich with black fruit, cassis, vanilla and spice. The wine is dense, concentrated and rich.
Good medium ruby. Sweet aromas of black raspberry, cassis, licorice and nutty oak (a blend of French and American). Sweet, juicy and lively, with slightly high-toned flavors of dark berries and spices. Less fat than the Old Vines bottling but shows more lift and a lighter touch today. I very much liked this winersquo;s rising, spicy, very persistent finish.
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon ndash; Artist Series also contains 1% Cabernet Franc, and is a blend from five of the top vineyards in the state. It was aged predominantly in new French oak for 20 months. The wine is opaque purple-colored with a fragrant bouquet of pain grille, spice box, black cherry and black currants. It is full-bodied with a supple palate-feel, oodles of sweet fruit, and ripe tannins. This impressive effort manages to combine power and elegance. It will benefit from 3ndash;5 years of cellaring and drink well through 2030.
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series is 100% varietal from three superb terroirs (Champoux, Sagemoor, and Klipsun). Opaque purple, the aromatic array includes cedar, leather, spice box, black currant, blackberry, and a hint of eucalyptus in the background. The wine is round and sweet on the palate with well concealed tannin, savory, spicy flavors, and 4ndash;6 years of aging potential. This lengthy effort will be at its best from 2012 to 2025.
Rick Small used to draw his Artistrsquo;s Series from Canoe Ridge in the Horse Heaven Hills. Now he blends fruit from several top-flight vineyards in the region: He pulled the 2002 from Canoe Ridge, Tapteil, Klipsun, Champoux and Smallrsquo;s estate vineyard in western Walla Walla. The wine shows the weight of the two Red Mountain sites, Tapteil and Klipsun, in its dense black cherry and blueberry aromas, yet in flavor itrsquo;s surprisingly nimble, with black cherry and currant fruit expressed in a luscious, velvety texture. For steak.
This Bordeaux blend has a surprisingly broad aspect, with very young fruit that opens up and then sits on the midpalate. Itrsquo;s much more open and expressive than the last few vintages. At first it seems dumbed down on the finish, but it slowly opens, and retasted on the second day it has filled out with muscle and verve.