Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series 2007
Located in the Walla Walla Valley appellation of Washington State and a neighbour of L’Ecole No. 41, Woodward Canyon Winery was established in 1981 by Rick Small and his wife, Darcey Fugman-Small. Since that time, the winery has consistently produced premium, award-winning Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots and Chardonnays. Early on Rick determined that quality would take precedence over quantity and consequently, Woodward Canyon has remained small, increasing its production from 1,200 cases in 1981 to their current production of about 17,000 cases. The Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard is located at nearly 900 feet of elevation three miles north in Lowden, Washington. It was first planted in 1977 on third generation family land previously utilized for cattle and wheat production. Since those early years the vineyard has grown to the current 42 acres planted predominantly to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. There are various experimental northern Italian and Rhône varieties planted as well. This Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon was produced from grapes grown at Champoux, Klipsun, Sagemoor, Tapteil, and WoodwardCanyon Estate. These five vineyards are some of the most highly regarded properties in Washington State and produce fantastic wines in their own right. Blended, they can produce extraordinary wine. It has a beautiful nose of spicy oak and cedar integrated with ripe black fruits and cherry. There is a firm rich mouth feel with this wine that begins with cassis and blackberry leading towards chocolate and mocha. The finish is generous and long, yet there is still restraint. While this wine can be enjoyed now it will definitely benefit from additional cellaring. Try this elegant Cabernet Sauvignon with gamey meats, rich stews or rich, chocolate desserts.
External Reviews for Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series
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.
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.
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 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.
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.