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Woodward Canyon Winery

2015 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon

This 2015 Washington State “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from grapes that were planted in the early 1970’s.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Washington
Bottling Date
February 14, 2018
Alcohol %
15.6
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon is incredibly complex showing the sophistication that come from such extraordinary “old vine” vineyards. It expresses the purity and typicity of fully mature cabernet sauvignon that can only be achieved from old vine fruit. The color is dark purple with elevated aromas of cedar, baking spice, graphite and ripe, wild Walla Walla blackberries. Lovely ripe flavors of black fruits blend beautifully with pencil, cigar box and exotic spice of new French oak. The texture is silky with integrated tannins offering a rich, lingering finish. With proper storage this wine should age for ten years or more.
Ratings
94 POINTS- Jeb Dunnuck This ripe, powerful red has lots of blackcurrants, smoked earth, singed cedar, and chocolatey spice aromas and flavors. With full-bodied richness, nicely integrated oak, and the classic sexy, opulent nature of the vintage, it's going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for two decades as well. 93 POINTS Vinous, (made mostly from a 1972 planting at Sagemoor): Dark ruby-red. Reticent, brooding scents of blackberry, cassis, musky dark chocolate, licorice and flinty minerality, with brighter notes of blueberry and spices emerging with aeration. Highly concentrated and fine-grained, with its ripe dark chocolate and sexy oak flavors nicely buffered by the creaminess and depth of the old-vines dark berry fruit. (This was aged in 100% new French oak but comes across as less obviously oaky than the other reds here.) According to winemaker Mott, the older blocks are more nutrient-deficient, and some lots can ferment their sugars until February or even March. Spreads out horizontally to saturate the palate and build slowly, with fine-grained tannins dusting the front teeth. While this wine has the material to age well, it's also balanced and inviting from the start. -Stephen Tanzer
Vineyard Notes
Sagemoor Vineyard (Columbia Valley), Champoux Vineyard (Horse Heaven Hills) and Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (Walla Walla Valley).
Production Notes
This 2015 Washington State “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from grapes that were planted in the early 1970’s. From late September through mid-October, the old block grapes were harvested by hand from Sagemoor Vineyard (53%) and Champoux Vineyard (38%) located on two very distinct benches above the Columbia River. The petit verdot was harvested from Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (9%). The wine was fermented in 2000 liter stainless steel tanks and was punched down two times per day. Average fermentation was between seven and ten days. After pressing and racking, the various lots were moved to new French barrels for aging and maturation. In late 2017 the wine was racked from barrel, assembled and bottled mid-February 2018.
Winemaker Notes
91% cabernet sauvignon, 9% petit verdot
Other Notes
Release Date: October, 2018, Production: 272 cases