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Woodward Canyon Winery

2015

2015 "Artist Series" Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L

This “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from grapes selected from some of the finest and most highly regarded vineyards in Washington State and the Walla Walla Valley. Each produces fantastic wine in their own right; when blended they produce extraordinary wine.

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SKU: 015173
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottling Date
February 2018
Alcohol %
14.9
Wine Spectator
92
Wine Enthusiast
91
Stephen Tanzer's
91
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This enticing and deeply colored red wine shows a complex nose of baking spice, black olive and graham integrated beautifully with aromas of ripe black fruits. In the mouth the wine is rich and elegant, showing subtle notes of herb and black berry. Integrated tannins enhance the texture and give proportion; the finish is complex, generous, and long. While this wine can be enjoyed now it will benefit greatly from additional cellaring and, with proper storage, should develop for ten years or more.
Ratings
94 POINTS- Jeb Dunnuck The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series reveals a deeper ruby/purple color as well as loads of black fruits, tobacco leaf, cured meats, and bouquet garni notes. It's rich, medium to full-bodied, has background oak, and terrific overall balance. Give bottles 3-4 years and it will keep for 15-20+ years. 91 POINTS- Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast This wine is a blend of fruit from Woodward Canyon Estate, Champoux, Sagemoor and Spring Creek vineyards. Despite seeing just 50% new oak, aromas of baking spice and vanilla are at the fore at present, in front of notes of herb and cherry. The palate brings a suave feel, with a lovely sense of texture, dipping in the middle before coming back together. The oak influence is intense right now. Give it time to settle in. Best after 2023. 91+ POINTS Vinous, (mostly made from Champoux and the estate vineyard; aged in 50% new oak): Saturated ruby. Sexy nose combines cassis, crushed-stone minerality, tobacco leaf, dark chocolate and menthol. Alluringly sweet, plush flavors of cassis, plum, dark raspberry, spices, licorice, dark chocolate and glossy oak are complicated by slightly medicinal notes of kirsch, menthol and herbs. Offers noteworthy density and depth and finishes with rather powerful broad, dusty tannins. Winemaker Mott kept this in barrel for 28 months, compared to a normal 22. There's plenty of mid-palate energy and thickness here, but I find all these wines quite oaky and a bit herbal. Mott told me he generally likes them best five to seven years after the vintage, but this rather chunky wine will more like seven to ten years to assume its adult shape. He also noted that "more people age our Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon." Plush, menthol, cassis, kirsch and dark chocolate. A bit obvious, chunky? -Stephen Tanzer
Awards
94 POINTS, Jeb Dunnuck (former WA critic for Wine Advocate) 93 POINTS, JamesSuckling.com 92 POINTS, Silver- Decanter World Wine Awards 92 POINTS, Wine Spectator 91 POINTS, Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast
Vineyard Notes
Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard, Champoux Vineyard, Sagemoor Vineyard and Spring Creek Vineyard.
Production Notes
The 2015 vintage was smaller and slightly warmer than 2014, yet at the same time gave impressive quality. Beautifully mature fruit was achieved through rigorous shoot thinning, leaf stripping and green harvesting. All grapes were harvested by hand, sorted and de-stemmed. This Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented in small stainless steel tanks and was punched down or pumped over twice a day. Aging in French Chateaux barrels for twenty-two months has produced a well-proportioned, complex and generous red wine. We have consciously chosen to use slightly less new French oak as these vineyards have gotten older; thus allowing the wine to express true varietal character and distinct sense of place.
Production
Release Date: Fall 2018
Other Notes
78% cabernet sauvignon, 10% petit verdot, 8% cabernet franc, 4% merlot