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Woodward Canyon Winery

2020 Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon

2020 Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon
Washington State

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.

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SKU: 020172
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
39% new French and Hungarian oak, 22 months
Bottling Date
June 7, 2022
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine is dark garnet in color and begins with an inviting nose of black fruits, crème brulée, and tart cherry that integrate seamlessly with the subtle, attractive oak. In the mouth, the wine is rich and elegant, showing a nice balance of ripe fruit, black currants, and light green herbs. Integrated tannins enhance the texture leaving you with a complex, generous, and long finish. 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. Store and serve at cellar temperature.
95 POINTS - International Wine Report: The 2020 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series is a knockout wine and an incredible value. With a composition of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and small amounts of Syrah, Barbera, and Dolcetto, this wine hits all the right notes. Spending 22 months in 39% new French and Hungarian oak and violet in color, it possesses a nose of cherry and cola. As with all the 2020 reds I tasted from this winery, it possesses a plush, mouthcoating, and velvety entry. Black raspberry, Chambord, licorice, and sweet tar are all jumping from the glass from the get-go. With great depth and body, this wine is able to shift gears seamlessly and does so in a seductive and sexy way. As it sprints towards a 45-second finish, prune and fig paste emerge late in the game. This may be the best vintage in the past decade of this cuvee, which is saying quite a bit about how much I enjoyed this wine. Give it a year or two of cellaring and then enjoy it over the next two decades. 93 POINTS - Owen Bargreen: The 2020 ‘Artist Series’ is a flat-out fabulous blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and a touch of Syrah, Dolcetto, and Barbera. The resultant blend is an outstanding wine that was stored in mostly new French oak before bottling. On the nose, this takes on toasty oak with black currants, Turkish coffee, and dark chocolate shavings. Showing deep concentration and a silky texture, this blend really makes Petit Verdot shine with its massive blue fruits, light green herbs, and tannins. Drink 2022-2035 92 POINTS- Vinous: The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series is dusty and youthfully coy on the nose, lifting from the glass with a bouquet of wild blueberries, sage and mint. It's silky and texturally deep on the palate with tart wild berries and mineral nuances that balance as savory herbal tones collect toward the close. A coating of fine tannins lingers as the 2020 tapers off with a spicy twang and classic feel, leaving licorice and tobacco notes lingering on. The Artist Series Cabernet is refined for 20 months in a combination of new French and Hungarian oak. By Eric Guido on October 2022 91 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast 90+ POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck: Blackcurrants, plums, toasted spice, iron, and lots of leafy herb and meaty notes emerge from the 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series, a more medium to full-bodied, complex, yet quite herbal effort. It has fine tannins and good concentration and should benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age.
Vineyard Notes
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 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. Wallula Vineyard: The vineyard is planted on south-facing slopes which vary from 2% up to 30% grade, and its perimeter totals nine miles of varied terrain. Of this perimeter, the shore of the Columbia River provides nearly three and a half miles of waterfront. From the river’s edge at 320 feet above sea level, the property climbs to its peak elevation of 1,367 feet, over a distance of nearly three and a half miles.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with a ribeye steak, Wagyu hamburger, leg of lamb, Portobello mushrooms, or aged hard cheeses.
Case Production: 1576 cases
Other Notes
Varietal Composition: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, 1% Syrah, 1% Barbera, 1% Dolcetto