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Woodward Canyon Winery

2018

2018 "Old Vines" Cabernet Sauvignon

This 2018 Washington State “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from grapes that were planted in the early 1970’s. “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon is incredibly complex showing the sophistication, balance, and structure that comes from such extraordinary “old vine” vineyards. 

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SKU: 018072
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Washington
Vineyard Designation
Sagemoor Vineyard (Columbia Valley), Champoux Vineyard (Horse Heaven Hills), Wallula Vineyard (Horse Heaven Hills), and Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (Walla Walla Valley).
Aging
100% New French Barrels, 22 months
Alcohol %
14.7
Wine Enthusiast
93
Stephen Tanzer's
91
Wine & Spirits
92
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This release of the “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon is dark purple and dense in the glass. Intermingling aromas of ripe blackberries and cassis develop with a rich concentration of ripe black fruits. The new French oak beautifully integrates the fruit, acid, and alcohol creating a nice weight, texture, and overall mouthfeel. The smooth but firm tannins leave you with a rich, long finish. It expresses the purity of fully mature cabernet sauvignon fruit that can only be achieved from old vine fruit. This wine will benefit greatly from additional cellaring and, with proper storage, should last ten years or more.
Ratings
96 POINTS, Jeb Dunnuck: My favorite in the lineup, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec, all aged 22 months in new barrels. Loads of ripe red and black fruits, dried herbs, crushed stone, and savory herb notes give way to a full-bodied, concentrated, yet beautifully balanced, weightless Cabernet that will benefit from 4-6 years in the cellar and keep for two decades or more. 93 POINTS, James Suckling 93 POINTS, Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast: Dark chocolate, barrel spice, vanilla, cherry and licorice aromas are followed by luscious black fruit flavors. There’s plenty of richness, texture, and seamlessness along with a whole lot of structure. A long finish caps it off. It’s all about hedonism, but still possesses impressive balance, a classically Woodward styled wine. The oak is forward at present. Give it some time in the cellar or decant. Best after 2024. 92 POINTS, Year's Best Cabs & Blends - Wine & Spirits: Woodward Canyon's old vines date back to 1970s plantings at Sagemoor, Champoux, and its estate vineyard in Lowden. In 2018, those vines grew a heady and deep red, its savory scents of tanned leather and tobacco leaf building into black plum and plum-skin flavors. For braised beef. 91+ POINTS - Stephen Tanzer: Bright, dark ruby-red. Brooding, almost inky scents of blackberry, blueberry, licorice, dark chocolate, and minerals. Tightly wound but already seamless and fine-grained, with a high pitch to its flavors of dark berries, herbs, licorice, and spicy oak. The impression of inner-mouth energy carries through to the firmly tannic, bright, lifted finish, which leaves the salivary glands quivering. Still quite dry and youthfully imploded, and in need of cellaring. This began a touch sweeter than the Artist Series #27 but turned more penetrating and less pliant with 24 hours in the recorked bottle.
Vineyard Notes
Sagemoor Vineyard (44%) Founded in 1968, Sagemoor Vineyards was a pioneering effort that helped establish the Washington State wine industry. Its early vineyards are among the oldest plantings of vinifera grapes in the state. Rick began using Sagemoor fruit in his home winemaking days and we continue to use it today. A significant number of 1972 plantings are still producing our "Old Vines" Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from specific rows in Blocks 3 and 9. Quincy loamy fine sand, Sagehill very fine sandy loam, 2-10% slope. 572ft elevation. Champoux Vineyard (38%) Founded in 1972 and located in Alderdale Washington within the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Champoux’s original plantings of the famed "Block One" Cabernet Sauvignon are regarded as being among the oldest and finest in Washington State and are a key component of our “Old Vines”. 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 over lacustrine deposits, glacial outwash. Slope 3%, 650ft elevation. Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (9%) Established in 1976, Woodward Canyon is the westernmost vineyard in Walla Walla Valley AVA, roughly 15 miles west of Walla Walla Washing-ton. 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. Wallula Vineyard (9%) The vineyard is planted on south-facing slopes which vary from 2% up to 30% grade and its perimeter totals 9 miles of varied terrain. Of this perimeter, the shore of the Columbia River provides nearly 3.5 miles of waterfront. From the river’s edge at 320 feet above sea level, the property climbs a distance of nearly 3.5 miles to its peak elevation of 1367 feet. The river is of utmost importance as the water acts as a massive insulator where during the day heat accumulates quickly and at night it provides a cooling effect once the sun goes down. The surging waters of the Missoula floods that raced down the Columbia River during the last ice age deposited Shano silt loam soils on the site and carved the steep, basalt-rimmed canyon walls atop which the vineyards are planted.
Food Pairing Notes
This will pair nicely with fine cheeses and roasted meats.
Production
Varietal composition: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec
Other Notes
Release Date: October 2020, Case Production: 678 cases