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Woodward Canyon Winery

2021 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon

2021 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon
Washington State

Primary sourcing has always come from some of the oldest cabernet blocks and the most highly acclaimed sites in the state. The 1987 vintage was the first Washington wine to be on Wine Spectator’s Top 10 list. This is a full-bodied cabernet and will typically age well with proper cellar conditions, 15+ years from vintage.

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SKU: 021072
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
100% New French Barrels | 21 months
Bottling Date
June 22, 2023
Alcohol %
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine is dark purple and dense in the glass. Aromas of graphite, blueberry, and fall spices develop with a rich concentration of ripe black fruits and dark chocolate. On the palette, new French oak integrates with black plum that gives way to savory tomato. The smooth but firm tannins leave you with a seamlessly rich and long finish. The wine expresses the purity of fully mature cabernet sauvignon that can only be achieved from old vine fruit. While this wine can be enjoyed now it will benefit greatly from additional cellaring and, with proper storage, should develop for fifteen years or more. Store and serve at cellar temperature.
96 POINTS, Cellar Selection- Wine Enthusiast: Aged for nearly two years in 100% new French oak, this baby is going to need air, time or both to unwind. Cool earth and black raspberry aromas are punctuated by notes of blueberry fruit leather and brownie mix batter. An earthy elderberry flavor is joined by lemon zest, espresso shots and cedar. Drink 2025–2038. — Michael Alberty | 96 POINTS - Owen Bargreen: The 2021 ‘Old Vines’ is a stunning new wine by winemaker Kevin Mott. Refined tannins frame a gorgeous wall of black and blue fruit flavors with Arabica bean, sandalwood, and notes of scorched earth. Showing serious length, weight, and verve, enjoy this beauty now and over the next twenty years. Drink 2023-2040 | 96 POINTS, Editor's Choice - International Wine Report: The Old Vines Cabernet from Woodward Canyon consists of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec that was aged for 21 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Incredibly youthful, with grippy tannins and ripe acidity, it delights with notes of black cherries, sweet marionberries, tobacco leaves, sandalwood, dried thyme, and hints of Blood orange zest. A lovely finish that will only improve with age. Better in 2025 and then enjoy for the next 15 years. Highly recommended and editor’s choice. | 95+ POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck: The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines is a smaller production release and is based on 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec raised all in 100% new French oak barrels. It has a tight, reserved, yet incredibly promising style in its smoky black fruits, truffly earth, iron, and tobacco-driven aromas and flavors. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied and concentrated, with a stacked mid-palate and ripe, building tannins. It needs air to show at its best today, and this beauty deserves 4-5 years of bottle age. I wouldn't be surprised to see it have over two decades of overall longevity. MATURITY 2028 - 2048 | 94+ POINTS - Vinous: Notes of sweet sage and cedar elevate a dark mélange of mocha and plum sauce as the alluring 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines grumbles up from the glass. This tricks the palate with its soothing textures, juicy personality and ripe red and black fruits. Gritty tannins slowly mount toward the close. The 2021 clamps down hard through the finale, youthfully structured and intense yet incredibly long. A bump of residual acidity adds unexpected freshness. This will require patience, but it will be worth the wait. Drink 2026- 2037. - Eric Guido | 93 POINTS - James Suckling: A compact and flavorful cabernet showing roasted herbs, charred bark and blackberry fruit on the nose. Some walnuts and espresso. It’s full-bodied and dense with broad tannins. Drink or hold. | 93 POINTS - Sean Sullivan's NW Wine Report: Sagemoor Vineyard provides much of the fruit for this wine (62%). The rest is from Weinbau (30%) and Woodward Canyon Estate. It was aged 21 months in 100% new French oak. Espresso and dark chocolate notes are in the lead on the aromas, followed by black cherry, bountiful herb, and barrel spice. Ripe, luscious, creamy-feeling fruit and barrel flavors follow, dipping in the middle before coming up. It’s rich and well-proportioned, all about hedonism. The finish hangs. It’s got an extremely long life in front of it, as well as a wide drinking window. Best from 2026 to 2038 |
Vineyard Notes
Sagemoor Vineyard (62%): 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. Weinbau Vineyard (30%): 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. Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (8%): Planted in 1977, Woodward Canyon is the westernmost vineyard in the 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.
Food Pairing Notes
This wine will pair beautifully with wagyu steak, pepper-crusted ahi tuna, and high-quality gorgonzola.
Case Production: 710 cases
Other Notes
Varietal Composition: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec