2013 Walla Walla Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard, is Certified Sustainable by IOBC via LIVE. Additionally the vineyard is Salmon Safe certified as is the wine.
In 2013, we saw beautiful ripening with lovely physiological maturity due to a warmer than “normal” vintage. Cultural practices such as leaf stripping, shoot thinning and green harvesting worked to perfection. Two specific blocks Clone 6 cabernet sauvignon (87%), and Clones 174 and Tablas Creek syrah, (17%) were thinned to one or two clusters per shoot to insure evenly ripened fruit. The average yield was 1.8 tons per acre. Our efforts toward sustainable wine growing begun in 2004 are clearly improving the grapes and wine from Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard.
All grapes were harvested by hand and sorted prior to crushing. This red wine was fermented in very small 2000 liter stainless steel tanks and was gently punched down two times per day. After pressing and settling, this wine went directly to French chateau barrels for additional aging and maturation.
This wine has enticing high toned aromas of Asian spices and sweet oak notes that integrate perfectly with generous black cherry fruit. An elegant, almost silky mouth feel begins with black fruits leading towards a chocolate/mocha finish that is exotic, generous and long. The wine shows great proportion and is beautifully integrated and stylish for a wine so young. This is clearly a wine made from a warm vintage. While one could enjoy this wine now it will benefit greatly from additional cellaring and should continue to develop for eight to ten years with proper storage.