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Woodward Canyon Winery

Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon

26 fine wines displayed in a row

First Washington wine to be in Wine Spectator’s Top 10 (1987 vintage)

First Vintage: 1981 Total 90+ Scores: 45

The Old Vines Cabernet originally began as the Dedication Series with the start of the winery in 1981. For the first twenty-five years, the label featured a different pioneer of the Walla Walla Valley each year. Subsequently, it has featured A. P. Woodward, who Woodward Canyon is named after.

The wine is sourced primarily from Champoux and Sagemoor Vineyards, which are home to some of the oldest cabernet blocks in Washington. This is a heavier-bodied cabernet and will typically age well with proper cellar conditions, 15+ years from vintage.

Dedication Series Biographies:

1981 Dedication Series #1, A.P. Woodward 

Woodward Canyon Winery has elected to annually dedicate a selected red wine to an individual who has contributed to the agricultural heritage of the Walla Walla Valley. This first bottling of 100% Washington cabernet sauvignon is dedicated to Mr. A. P. Woodward, an early Walla Walla Valley soldier, stockman and farmer.

Mr. Woodward was born in Muskingum County, Ohio on March 24, 1834 and came to Walla Walla County in 1852, at the age of 18. From 1854 until 1858, A.P. Woodward or “Buckskin Bill”, as he was known, served with the Volunteers and Regular Army in protecting the homes and families of the Walla Walla Valley. Subsequent to the Indian disorders, Mr. Woodward settled on 400 acres 13 miles west of Walla Walla, near the present community of Lowden, raising livestock and various agricultural crops. Now, more that a century later, the canyon which bears his name supports acres of golden wheat and a solitary hillside vineyard . . . Woodward Canyon.  

1982 Dedication Series #2, Dr. N. G. Blalock

Woodward Canyon Winery has elected to annually dedicate a selected red wine to an individual who has contributed to the agricultural heritage of the Walla Walla Valley. This second bottling of 100% Washington cabernet sauvignon is dedicated to Dr. N. G. Blalock, an early Walla Walla Valley physician, statesman, farmer and entrepreneur.

Dr. Blalock was born in Mitchell County, North Carolina, on February 17, 1836 and came to Walla Walla in 1873. Upon his arrival, Dr. Blalock began a medical practice which spanned almost forty years. Dr. Blalock also become involved in wheat production and the development of orchards, both of which proved very successful. In addition, he was active in timber, transportation and real estate development. He was a proponent of education in the Valley, serving on the Board of Trustees of Whitman College and donating the land for the construction of Walla Walla College. He as a member of the State Constitutional Convention in 1889, and in later years participated in various public endeavors. Dr. Blalock died on March 14, 1913, at the age of 77. 

1983 Dedication Series #3, H.P. Isaacs

Mr. Isaacss was born in Philadelphia, March 17, 1822 and came to the Northwest in 1858. In 1862, Mr. Isaacs built the North Pacific Mill in Walla Walla to process locally produced wheat, with some of the output reaching as far as China. In 1884 Mr. Isaacs developed on of the first orchards in Walla Walla and later planted a vineyard. Pursuing other interests, Mr. Isaacs represented Walla Walla on the territorial council from 1885-1886 and was very active in the overall economic development of the Inland Northwest. Mr. Isaacs died in Walla Walla on July, 14, 1900.

1984 Dedication Series #4, Annie McC.Mix

This fourth bottling of 100% cabernet sauvignon is dedicated Ms. Annie McC.Mix, an early Walla Walla Valley agriculturist, businesswoman and lady of high society.

Annie McC.Mix was born, Anna Dwight, in New Orleans in 1831 and arrived in Walla Walla with her husband and 3 children in 1863. Subsequent to the death of her lawyer husband, James D. Mix in 1881, Mrs. Mix took over operation of the family business interests, including agriculture, stock raising and commercial real estate such as the Palace Hotel. She was widely known for her gracious hospitality and judicious business ability. Anne McC.Mix died January 24, 1909. 

1985 Dedication Series #5, F. M. Lowden

Woodward Canyon Winery has elected to annually dedicate a selected red wine to an individual who has contributed to the agricultural heritage of the Walla Walla Valley. This fifth bottling of 96% cabernet sauvignon and 4% merlot is dedicated to Francis M. Lowden, an early Walla Walla Valley agriculturist.

Frank Lowden was born February 7, 1832 in Windsor, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. In 1849 he traveled across the country to California where he was involved in mining and packing, moving to the Walla Walla Valley in 1863. During 1869 he discontinued packing and purchased 160 acres at the confluence of Dry Creek and the Walla Walla River where he and his new wife established a large ranching operation. Mr. Lowden was known as an irrigationist, orchardist, cattleman and dairyman. He served for several years as a Walla Walla County Commissioner and board member of the Walla Walla Agricultural Society and a school board director. Mr. Lowden died February 28, 1918 at the age of 86 years. 

1986 Dedication Series #6, Miles C. Moore

Woodward Canyon Winery has elected to annually dedicate a selected red wine to an individual who has contributed to the agricultural heritage of the Walla Walla Valley. This sixth bottling of 100% cabernet sauvignon is dedicated to the Honorable Miles C. Moore, local businessman, banker and last governor of Washington Territory. 

Miles C. Moore was born April 17, 1845 in Muskingum County, Ohio. In 1863, he joined a party heading west to the Montana gold fields where he stayed briefly before moving on to Walla Walla. By the late 1860’s, after working diligently for others, Mr. Moore entered into business on his own. Among the most important were general merchandising, farm implement sales and grain purchase and sales. In 1873 he married Mary E. Baker, daughter of Dorsey S. Baker. Mr. Moore was active politically, both locally and regionally, and was appointed governor by President Benjamin Harrison three months before statehood came on November 11, 1889. In later years, Miles Moore served on the board of trustees of Whitman College and as a board member and president of Baker Boyer National Bank. Miles C. Moore died December 18, 1919 at the age of 73 years. 

1987 Dedication Series #7, Colonel E. F. Babcock

E.F. Babcock was born January 8, 1831 in New York. As a mid-western pomologist, Col. Babcock had noticed the quality of Washington fruit at various national exhibitions and decided, in his sixties, to move to the Walla Walla area. Upon his arrival in late 1893, Col. Babcock settled near Waitsburg where he developed the Columbia Orchard and Nursery. In later years, Col. Babcock selected fruit which received second and third premiums at the Paris Exposition and was widely recognized as a major contributor to the reputation of the fine quality that Washington fruit enjoys today. Co. E. F. Babcock died June 17, 1906 in Orting, Washington. 

1988 Dedication Series #8, Isaac Stevens

Woodward Canyon Winery has elected to annually dedicate a selected red wine to an individual who has contributed to the agricultural heritage of the Walla Walla Valley. This 8th bottling of 81.8% cabernet sauvignon and 18.2% merlot is dedicated to the Honorable Isaac Stevens, first Governor of Washington Terrritory.

Isaac Stevens was born March 18, 1818 in Andover, Massachusetts and graduated from West Point in 1839. Mr. Stevens meritoriously served in various military capacities until March 2, 1853, when he resigned his commission to accept the first governorship of Washington Territory. During this time, Mr. Stevens was also appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs and in July of 1857 was chosen Delegate to Congress for Washington Territory, serving in that capacity until March 1861. On September 1, 1862, while serving with the Union near Chantilly, Virginia, Isaac Stevens, with colors in hand and leading his regiment, was shot and mortally wounded. 

1989 Dedication Series #9, George Starrett

Woodward Canyon Winery has elected to annually dedicate a selected red wine to an individual who has contributed to the agricultural heritage of the Walla Walla Valley. This 9th bottling of 93.4% cabernet sauvignon and 6.6% merlot is dedicated to Mr. George Starrett, early Walla Walla Valley seed grower and shipper.

George Starrett was born in October 15, 1832 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and left home at age 19. As a you man, Mr. Starrett labored at various efforts including railroad conducting, gas and oil production and general mercantile business in Philidelphia.

In 1870, George Starrett came to Walla Walla where he started the business of producing and shipping garden, grass and fruit seeds specifically acclimated to regions east of the Cascade and west of the Rocky Mountain Ranges. Mr. Starrett’s seed business grew as word spread of the Walla Walla grown seeds. As his success grew, he became quite active in politics, and being affiliated with the local Republican Party. Mr. Starrett died in Walla Walla. 

1990 Dedication Series #10, Lettice J Reynolds 

Woodward Canyon Winery has elected to annually dedicate a selected red wine to an individual who has contributed to the agricultural heritage of the Walla Walla Valley. This 10th bottling of 84% cabernet sauvignon and 16% merlot is dedicated to Mrs. Lettice J. Reynolds, early Walla Walla Valley pioneer.

Lettice Reynolds was born October 3, 1830 in Canehill, Arkansas and came west in 1843 with her family on the Whitman wagon train. Following the death of her first husband, Ransom Clark, Lettice returned from Portland, Oregon and perfected, with her new born daughter, their claim south of Walla Walla, becoming the earliest pioneer women residing in Walla Walla. In 1861 she married local bank owner, Amos H. Reynolds. Lettice Reynolds was known for her genuine interest in the public welfare with many liberal benefactions in Walla Walla including the YMCA building and the girl’s dormitory at Whitman College named in her honor. Mrs. Ryenolds was a woman of very high ideals with the keenness of intellect and the strength of character to realize those ideals. Lettice J. Reynolds died of illness at the age of 81 on June 10, 1911. 

1991 Dedication Series #11, James McAuliff

This 11th bottling of 81% cabernet sauvignon and 19% merlot is dedicated to Mr. James McAuliff, early Walla Walla Valley pioneer, businessman and politician.

James McAuliff was born on the island of Malta, May 25, 1828; moving to Canada in 1836 and to the United States 6 years later. In 1845, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, fighting in the Mexican War, serving also in Michigan and California. He was discharged at Ft. Vancouver in 1855, and immediately went into business in The Dalles, Oregon before moving to Walla Walla with his family in 1859. Shortly thereafter, James McAuliff began his highly regarded political career serving as County Treasurer (1862-1867), an a member of the Territorial Legislature (1864), Sheriff (1869), and eleven times as mayor! Mr. McAuliff also owned two famous farms and a sawmill in the Blue Mountains. James McAuliff died September 30, 1906. 

1992 Dedication Series #12, William P. Winans

This 12th bottling of 75% cabernet sauvignon, 22.2% merlot and 2.8% cabernet franc is dedicated to Mr. William P. Winans, early northwest pioneer, politician and Walla Walla businessman.

William P. Winans was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on January 28,1836. As a young man, he pursued various business efforts, but on physician’s orders, spent a great deal of time outdoors. Mr. Winans came west by wagon train in 1859, arriving in Oregon, September of that year. After several years of teaching school in Umatilla County, he moved to Fort Colville, Washington where he helped organize Spokane County and was subsequently appointed Deputy Auditor. William P.Winans served in various elected positions including Stevens County Territorial Legislator before moving to Walla Walla in 1871. Mr. Winans entered into business with Mr. Rees, owning the largest store in town. In 1890, Mr. Winans withdrew from business and opened Farmer’s Savings Bank. William P. Winans was a public spirited man who worked toward the improvement and development of Walla Walla. Mr. Winans died April 22, 1917 in Walla Walla, Washington.

1993 Dedication Series #13, Mabel Baker Anderson

This 13th bottling of 84% cabernet sauvignon, 9.5% merlot and 6.5% cabernet franc is dedicated to Mabel Baker Anderson, daughter of Dorsey S. and Elizabeth Baker, graduate and great supporter of Whitman College and local philanthropist.

Mabel Baker Anderson was born in Walla Walla, Washington on July 25, 1868. She was educated at the old Whitman seminary and at the college, living with her parents until her marriage to Professor L.F. Anderson on October 30, 1890. Mrs. Anderson was quite interested in the development of Walla Walla and pursued many activities related to religion and the arts. Although Walla Walla was her lifetime home, Mrs. Anderson was very well traveled and had acquaintances throughout the United States. It was upon returning by train from the beach , that she was taken seriously ill. Mabel Baker Anderson died on August 16, 1915 at the age of 47. The flags of the city were flown at half mast in her honor. 

1994 Dedication Series #14, Captain Z.K. Straight

This  fourteenth bottling of 84% cabernet sauvignon, 9.1% cabernet franc and 6.9% merlot is dedicated to Captain Z.K. Straight, local businessman and banker, highly regarded jeweler, and regional politician.

Zebulon K. Straight was born in Wayne County, New York, in 1840. In 1846, his family moved to Wisconsin where Mr. Straight lived for twenty years before moving to Minnesota where he learned the jewelry trade. Zebulon K. Straight arrived in Walla Walla in 1870 where he opened the first jewelry store in Washington Territory. In the spring 1871, he was married to Mrs. Alexander and they subsequently had two children.

Mr. Straight was one of the original organizers of Farmer’s Savings Bank and served as a director. He also was elected to city council for three terms and was later elected as a member of the first state legislature. Mr. Straight was not only a very successful businessman, but was also committed to public service. Following several weeks of illness from complications of diabetes, Mr. Z.K. Straight died at the family residence in Walla Walla on November 8, 1908.

1995 Dedication Series #15, William Painter

William Painter was born in St. Genevieve County, Missouri, April 18, 1830. William grew up on the family farm before leaving for Oregon territory in 1850. His father and two brothers were lost to cholera on that trip and his mother and surviving siblings continued onto Washington County, Oregon, where donation land claims were secured by both William and his mother. 

Mr. Painter fought in various Indian wars beginning in 1855 and a member of Company D. Following distinguished military service, Mr. Painter served as clerk with Flanders and Shelton and later, postmaster of Wallula, Washington. On January 7, 1864, Captain Painter was married to Miss Carolyn Mitchell of Multnomah County, Oregon. Ten children were born to them, William went on to serve as an agent for the Wells Fargo Express company and deputy collector of internal revenue for Eastern Washington. 

Several unfortunate mill investments forced him to continue as a wage earner, until an appointment as U.S. land officer and his later election as Walla Walla County Auditor helped secure his financial position. Upon his retirement from county government, Mr. Painter concentrated on his 1,500 acre farm on the Eureka flats. 

William C. Painter died on December 4, 1900 and is widely acknowledged as one of the early pioneers who paved the way for the future of farming, stock raising and the lumber industry in Walla Walla County.

1996 Dedication Series #16, Raymond R. Rees

This 16th bottling of 100% cabernet sauvignon is dedicated to Mr. Raymond Ringold Rees, pioneer newspaperman, prominent merchant, and man of affairs.

Raymond Rees as born in Reily, Ohio, June 17, 1833, but spent his first 21 years in Delaware. In 1854, Mr. Rees and a brother moved to Portland, Oregon where Raymond became employed as a typesetter. He was a typesetter on the first issue of the Daily Oregonian, Portland’s famous newspaper. After moving to Walla Walla in November of 1861, Mr. Rees formed a partnership with Nemiah Northrop through which they established the first newspaper in the Eastern Washington region, The Washington Statesman. Mr.Rees solicited subscriptions on horseback at $5 a month.

Raymond Rees married Augusta Ward of Lebanon, Oregon on March 14, 1865. They had three children. In November of 1865, Mr. Rees sold his interest in the Statesman, and went into the mercantile business with partners H.E. Johnson and W.P. Winans. This successful venture was sold in 1887. Mr. Rees was a prominent democrat serving two times in the state legislature as well as acting county treasurer. He was also very active in various development projects within the City and County. Mr. Rees died July 12, 1889. He had always been highly regarded in the Walla Walla community for his political and business expertise. His passing was indeed recognized as a great loss to the Walla Walla community.

1997 Dedication Series #17, Gilbert Hunt

Gilbert Hunt was born in Ryegate, Vermont on January 27, 1885. In early manhood, Mr. Hunt worked as a millwright, furniture painter and piano tuner. On June 10, 1876, Mr. Hunt was married to Miss Hopie M. Osgood in McIndoes, Vermont. From  the former church pastor, Gilbert Hunt learned about Walla Walla and moved there sometime after his marriage.

Through some trying times early on, Mr. Hunt stayed on in Walla Walla to start the Gilbert Hunt Company, one of the largest manufacturers of farm machinery in the Northwest and the builder of the Pride of Washington thresher. Gilbert Hunt also worked diligently to improve basic services to Walla Walla such as water, sewer, parks and Carnegie Library.

Mr. Hunt served three terms as mayor, was very involved with education and served on the board of trustees of Whitman College. Gilbert Hunt dies at home on December 15, 1914.

1998 Dedication Series #18, William Kirkman

Born on December 7, 1832 in Bury, England, William Kirkman first traveled to the United States at the age of twenty-two and settled in Boston. Shortly after arriving in the United States Mr. Kirkman headed west seeking gold in California. After making several small fortunes in gold, Mr. Kirkman set his sites on the cattle industry.

Mr. Kirkman and Ms. Isabella Potts were married on February 4, 1867 and had ten children, only four of which lived to adulthood. The Kirkman’s eventually moved to Walla Walla in 1871. Mr. Kirkman and new business partner John Dooly successfully ranched cattle and sheep for the next several decades.

Mr. Kirkman was very visible in the community and served on the first board of directors of the Washington State Penitentiary, he was president of both the board of education as wells as the Walla Walla Community Club. He was also very active in the progress of Whitman College. One of the things Mr. Kirkman is best know for is his family’s Victorian style house which is still standing in Walla Walla.

Mr. Kirkman passed away on April 25, 1893 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on his return to Walla Walla after visiting his family in Europe.

1999 Dedication Series #19, Thomas Hurley Brents

Thomas Hurley Brents was born December 24, 1840 in Florence, Illinois. At the age of 11, Mr. Brents and the rest of his family joined the thousands heading west. 

After making the Willamette Valley home, Mr. Brents attended school in Oregon City, and continued his education at the Portland Academy and McMinnville College.Mr. Brents began law studies in 1860 while wintering in the Yakima Valley, and was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Oregon in 1866. In 1867 he was admitted to the Supreme Court of California and a year later the United States District and Circuit Courts of Northern California. 

Brents was wed to Isable McCown while in San Franciso and they moved to Walla Walla in 1870. By the turn of the century, Brents had been admitted to the Washington Supreme Court, the U.S. District and Circuit Courts, the U.S. Supreme Court and has served as the Walla Walla City Attorney. Brents was also elected and re-elected for the position of delegate in Congress. In 1896 Brents was elected as the Walla Walla County Judge and subsequently re-elected in 1900, 1904 and 1908. 

Brents lived a respected life in Walla Walla and will always be remembered as on of its most able lawyers.

2000 Dedication Series #20, Damase Bergevin

This 20th bottling is dedicated to Mr. Damase Bergevin, early Walla Walla Valley trader, farmer and landowner. Damase Bergevin was born near St. Timothy, Quebec, Canada on the 31st of March 1840 and arrived by wagon with his brother Clement in Walla Walla in 1864. 

He settled in the area known as “French Town” some nine miles west of Walla Walla and joined his brothers packing supplies to northwest mines and forts until the early 1870s. Between the years of 1875 and 1878, Mr. Bergevin worked for Dr. Dorsey Baker building the first narrow gauge railroad in Washington State, which ran from Wallula to Walla Walla. Damase first purchased land in 1880 and over the years amassed a considerable amount of farmland throughout the Walla Walla Valley. He was known as an enterprising and progressive farmer. 

In 1892, Damase was stricken with total blindness, but his wife and four sons continued to manage their various properties. Damase Bergevin passed away on July 31, 1911 with the honor and respect of all who knew him.

2001 Dedication Series #21, J.M. Crawford

J.M. Crawford was born on June 3, 1865 in Smithfield, Ohio. He arrived in Walla Walla in 1910 and remained there until his death in 1915.  Crawford was married to Miss Martha Cox in 1889 with who he had three children. Crawford started his career early when at the age of 22 he was hired at the Badger Lumber Company in Kansas City. 

He traveled to Walla Walla in 1904 and founded the Whitehouse-Crawford Company.  Crawford’s brother later came to Walla Walla to help manage the plant. The interior trimmings, showcases and cabinetry still found in many of the fine, historic structures in Walla Walla were manufactured at the plant.  In 1906 Crawford also helped create Tum-a-lum Lumber Company, growing to 45 mills throughout eastern Washington and central Oregon. 

Crawford made a significant contribution to the community by encouraging others to relocate to the Walla Walla Valley and by serving on various community boards and committees.

2002 Dedication Series #22, Thomas Copeland

Thomas Copeland was born in McMinnville, Oregon on November 26th, 1861 to Henry S. and Mary Ann (Morton) Copeland.  In 1863, the Copeland family moved to the Walla Walla Valley where Henry was able to secure a homestead.  Thomas pursued his studies in one of the log schoolhouses of the period.

After finishing school, Thomas Copeland bought a farm in the rich wheat belt of the Walla Walla Valley.  In March of 1887, Thomas Copeland married Minnie Harman; they had four children.  Mr. Copeland became known as one of the most progressive agriculturists of the time.  As the wheat farm grew and expanded, Thomas made a specialty of raising Hereford cattle and Clydesdale and Percheron horses

In addition to agriculture, Mr. Copeland, was a shareholder in the Third National Bank of Walla Walla, served for 27 years on the school board and was a very strong proponent for education in the Walla Walla Valley.  In politics, he was a stalwart republican.  Mr. Copeland had a reputation as a very astute businessman and was widely respected throughout the community.  Thomas Copeland died  February 5th, 1940.

2003 Dedication Series #23, James A. Yeend

James A. Yeend was born in Gloucestershire, England on the 8th of  March 1856 to William and Ellen Yeend.  The family left England when James was 14 years old and arrived in America in December 1870, settling on a farm north of Walla Walla.  James remained with the family until his early twenties before beginning his own farming enterprise.

  In 1883, James sold his Walla Walla farm land to his father and moved to Whitman County where he took up a homestead and timber claim.  On December 15th, that same year, James married Miss Lydia Chandler, also from Gloucestershire, England.  James and Lydia sold the Whitman County property in 1896 and returned to Walla Walla to continue livestock and farming operations on nearly 400 acres. 

James was known as an energetic and progressive farmer.  James A. Yeend was active in church, the local Republican Party and served as a member of the school board for sixteen years.  Mr. Yeend passed away in -----. He is the great-grandfather of Woodward Canyon Winery owner Rick Small.

2004 Dedication Series #24, George Dacres

George Dacres was born in Ireland in 1829 and decided to try his fortunes in the new world in 1849, landing first in New York then moving on to California in 1852.  

After five years he moved to Washington State and worked as an Assistant Surveyor, then as a packer into the mining camps in the region. In 1875 he turned his attention to farming, amassing 3,000 acres in the Walla Walla area. In 1899 he erected the Dacres Hotel at 4th and Main – the finest and best equipped hotel in the city. 

Dacres survived two wives who bore him three children. Mr. Dacres was recognized in the community for his integrity and interest in the well-being of the City as evidenced by his service on the city council. He passed away January 5, 1902.

2005 Dedication Series #25, W.D. Lyman

W. D. Lyman was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1852 and attended Pacific University and Williams College in Massachusetts, before returning to Oregon as a professor of history, oratory and English literature at Pacific University. While there, he wed Miss Mattie Clark and they began their family of four children. In 1889, he became the head of the history department at Whitman College in Walla Walla.

Professor Lyman was in frequent demand as a speaker throughout the Northwest. He was an active democrat and worked for municipal betterment and woman's suffrage. Professor Lyman was also an avid mountaineer, climbing thirteen Northwest peaks. He became a specialist in local history, writing The Columbia River, The History of the Pacific Northwest, and Lyman's History of Old Walla Walla County among others. Indeed, the two latter books were the source of the biographies of the subjects of our earlier Dedication Series bottlings.