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Woodward Canyon Winery


2017 "Old Vines" Cabernet Sauvignon

This 2017 Washington State “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from grapes that were planted in the early 1970’s.

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SKU: 017072
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottling Date
July 17, 2019
Alcohol %
Wine Spectator
Stephen Tanzer's
Wine & Spirits
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This beautifully complex “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon shows amazing sophistication. It expresses the purity of fully mature cabernet sauvignon fruit that can only be achieved from old vine fruit. The color is dark blackish purple. Intermingling aromas of baking spice, cedar, graphite and ripe blackberries develop in the glass. Flavors of black fruits blend beautifully with pencil, cigar box and exotic spice of new French oak. The texture is soft but firm with beautifully integrated tannins offering a rich, long finish. This wine will benefit greatly from additional cellaring and, with proper storage, should last ten years or more.
97 POINTS, Top 100 Wines of 2020- Jeb Dunnuck: The flagship here from this reference point estate is the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines, which is based on 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and 2% Malbec aged 21 months in new barrels. The fruit comes 80% from the Sagemoor Vineyard, with smaller amounts from Champoux and Woodward Canyon. Deep purple/plum-colored with powerful notes of blackcurrants, dried earth, tobacco, lead pencil, and chocolate, this full-bodied, regal, austere beauty has a stacked mid-palate, a layered, mouthfilling texture, ripe tannins, and a great, great finish. Reminding me of a top Saint-Estephe (or Pauillac?), it needs to be hidden in the back of the cellar, but it will cruise for 30 years or more. Hats off to winemaker Kevin Mott for another gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon that will stand up to the best out there. 95 POINTS-WA Wine Blog: The ‘Old Vines’ Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the Sagemoor Vineyard, as well as the Champoux Vineyard and Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard. The final blending is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller portions Malbec and Petit Verdot. Deeply perfumed aromatics greet you with gorgeous black tea, exotic spice, blackberry cobbler, and shades of anise that all sing in unison in the glass. The palate is plush, showing off a silky mouthfeel. While obviously dense, the feeling of elegance is really enticing. Blackberry compote, Turkish coffee, creosote, and suggestions of chocolate-covered kirsch flavors all collide on the palate. Impressive at only two years of age, this stunning wine will have an exceedingly long life in the cellar. Drink 2020-2040 93 POINTS- James Suckling: Plenty of chocolate and coffee character to the dark fruit here. It’s full-bodied with a velvety texture. A big wine, yet toned and polished. 93% cabernet sauvignon, 5% petit verdot and 2% malbec. Drink after 2022. 92 POINTS- Stephen Tanzer: Bright ruby-red. Inky aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice, bitter chocolate, and graphite. Dense, minerally, sweet, and deep, with inky black fruit flavors dominating in the early going. Finishes with broad but surprisingly suave tannins and excellent length. Sweeter than the 2018 version and likely to give pleasure earlier. Here the tannins are plusher and riper but the finish shows a bit of alcoholic warmth (this is the only one of these reds that admits to 15% on the label). 90 POINTS- Wine Spectator: Offers a brooding and structured core, accented by expressive black cherry, loamy earth and black olive notes. Best from 2021 through 2028
Vineyard Notes
Sagemoor Vineyard (Columbia Valley), Champoux Vineyard (Horse Heaven Hills) and Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (Walla Walla Valley).
Varietal composition: 93% cabernet sauvignon, 5% petit verdot, 2% malbec
Other Notes
Release Date: October 2019, Production: 688 cases