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Woodward Canyon Winery

2018
2018
2018

2018 "Artist Series" Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L - Etched

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: 018180
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Washington
Vineyard Designation
Champoux Vineyard, Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard, Weinbau Vineyard, Sagemoor Vineyard
Aging
28% new French Barrels, 22 months
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Enthusiast
90
Stephen Tanzer's
92
Wine & Spirits
91
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This beautiful and dark red-purple wine shows a complex nose of spiced black fruits, herbs, and lead pencil, that integrate beautifully with the subtle attractive oak. In the mouth, the wine is rich and elegant, showing ripe fruit, nice balance, and proportion, with herbs, and tobacco. Integrated tannins enhance the texture; 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 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series is a gem and well worth seeking out. Based on 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Syrah, brought up in 28% new oak, it offers an outstanding nose of blackcurrants, toasted spice, chocolate, and bouquet garni. Concentrated, firm and structured, with medium to full-bodied richness, it’s another age-worthy wine in the lineup that needs to be forgotten for 3-5 years. 93 POINTS, Washington Wine Blog 92 POINTS, James Suckling 92 POINTS - Stephen Tanzer: Bright ruby-red. Pure, youthfully medicinal scents of cassis, boysenberry, blueberry, licorice, menthol, bitter chocolate, and pungent herbs. Brisk, delineated, high-pitched, and tightly wound, with classic medicinal Cabernet Sauvignon character in the early going. Dominant flavors of cassis, licorice, menthol, and dark chocolate. I did not taste this bottle alongside its 2017 sibling, but the two wines strike me as quite similar in style and quality. This one is perhaps a bit sweeter and may open sooner but is still quite firm and tactile on the finish. 91 POINTS - Wine and Spirits: This 2018 is still a baby, dominated by oak and tannins, its structure filling in around the dark-plum flavors with a thick, ornate frame. Decant if you open it now, and pair it with a char-grilled steak. 90 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast: This wine isn’t ready to reveal itself right now, with locked up aromas of chocolate, cocoa, cherry, and spice. Coffee and cherry flavors follow. Give it some additional time in the cellar to blossom.
Vineyard Notes
Champoux Vineyard - Founded in 1972 and located in Alderdale Washington within the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Woodward Canyon has been sourcing from Champoux since 1981. In 1996 Woodward Canyon and fellow Washington State producers Powers/Badger Mountain Winery, Quilceda Creek Winery, and Andrew Will Winery became joint owners. Malaga gravelly fine sandy loam - glacial outwash; warden silt loam - loess over lacustrine deposits; Sagehill fine sandy loam - lacustrine deposits with a mantle of loess. Slope 3%, 650ft elevation. Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard - Established in 1976, Woodward Canyon is the westernmost vineyard in Walla Walla Valley AVA, roughly 15 miles west of Walla Walla, Washington. There are 41 vineyard acres planted and several more acres of green belts that support native species such as western juniper, ponderosa pine, western sagebrush, arrowleaf balsamroot, and perennial wildflowers. Ritzville silt loam over fractured basalt, slope 15-18%, 750-850ft elevation. Managed by Woodward Canyon. All grapes are Salmon Safe certified. Weinbau Vineyard - Weinbau has a view of the Rattlesnake Mountains to the south, and the Saddle Mountains to the north. The land slopes gently south, with elevation ranging from 710-950 feet. Weinbau is a warm site with excellent air drainage, and the soil is dominated by Kennewick silt loam with a 2-5% slope. The consistency of soil type shows up in vine growth and subsequently in the wines. Sagemoor Vineyard - Founded in 1968, Sagemoor Vineyards was a pioneering effort that helped establish the Washington State wine industry. Its early vineyards are among the oldest large-scale plantings of vinifera grapes in the State. Rick has been sourcing from Sagemoor since his days as a home winemaker in the 1970’s. Quincy loamy fine sand, 0-15% slope, Sagehill very fine sandy loam, 2-10% slope. 572ft elevation.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this beauty with your favorite roasted meats and cheeses.
Other Notes
Varietal composition: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Syrah