Wine Advocate 94
"One of the standouts in the vintage, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series comes from a number of vineyards throughout Washington (mostly from, Champoux, Canoe Ridge and Sagemoor) and spent 22 months in French oak prior to bottling. Full-bodied, seamless and layered, with fabulous mid-palate, it offers up classic creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, black raspberry, toast and dried soil like aromas and flavors. Count me a fan. This beautifully balanced effort will evolve gracefully for 15 to 20 years."~JD
Wine Entusiast 91
"Toast and mocha scents and flavors surround a core of tart red berries. More barrel influence comes out as the wine breathes—clove, spice and smoke—as it rolls into a tightly-wrapped, tannic finish. Give this a lot of aeration, or tuck it away for another five or six years." —P.G.
"The 2011 vintage was substantially smaller due to winter injury in several key vineyards. Still we achieved beautifully mature fruit through shoot thinning, leaf stripping and improved viticultural practices. The fact that the crop was smaller helped make this possible.
Grapes were harvested by hand, sorted and de-stemmed. This Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented in small stainless steel tanks and was punched down or pumped over twice a day. Aging in French Chateaux barrels has produced a well proportioned, complex and generous red wine. Of our own doing, we have chosen to back off the use of as much new French oak as these vineyards have gotten older allowing them to express typicity and a more distinct sense of place.
This “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from some of the finest and most highly regarded vineyards in Washington State. Each produces fantastic wine in their own right; when blended they produce extraordinary wine.
This wine has an enticingly complex nose of baking spice, ripe olive and thyme integrated beautifully with aromas of black fruits and cassis. In the mouth the wine is firm but rich showing notes of pepper, herb and berries. Integrated tannins enhance the texture and give proportion; 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.
Champoux Vineyard (30%), Canoe Ridge Vineyard (29%), Sagemoor Vineyard (18%), Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (12%), Hedges (6%), Andrews (2%), Spring Creek (1%), Weinbau (1%), and Mirage (1%)
83% cabernet sauvignon
7% cabernet franc
2% petit verdot
Alcohol: 14.4% by volume
This wine has a beautiful nose of spicy oak and cedar integrated with ripe black fruits and cherry. A firm rich mouth feel begins with cassis and black berry leading towards chocolate and mocha. The finish is generous and long. While this wine can be enjoyed now it will definitely benefit from additional cellaring and with proper storage should develop for eight years or more."
The Woodward Canyon "Artist Series" began in 1992 with the intent to showcase the finest of Washington State cabernet sauvignon. The vineyards used in the "Artist Series" are some of the oldest and most well-respected in the state of Washington. The label changes every year with work from a different artist. This wine is a heavier-bodied cabernet, typically aging 10+ years from vintage.
2011 Artist Series #20, “Woodward Canyon Vineyard #2”, 15” x 19”, 2013, Melissa Webster, walla Walla, WA. Thirty years ago I was asked to design Woodward Canyon’s first label. A few local wineries were just beginning to market at the time and I was very pleased to be a small part of that dream. When approached this spring about creating the 20th Anniversary Artist Series label, of course I was eager to join the project. Thirty-six years ago when I moved to the Walla Walla Valley, I was struck by its beauty, health, and natural richness. I was trained in the arts and this area became a perfect setting for my work. Through primarily wood block printmaking, painting, and pastel, I’ve treated subjects from nature and my life, representing them both directly and metaphorically. The painting done for this anniversary label is in the tradition of my landscapes of this area, emphasizing space, color, and abstract design. I will be very pleased if it reveals my familiarity and love for Walla Walla Valley. Melissa Webster holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Washington, a B.A. and major in Art from Westminster College, Pennsylvania, and completed coursework in Art Education in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio. She was an instructor in Art and Art History at Walla Walla Community College for twenty years and for two years at Walla Walla University and has been exhibited since 1980 in solo and group shows in Walla Walla, Seattle, Portland, Pendleton, and New York. " ~ Winery notes
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Woodward Canyon Winery was established in 1981 by Rick Small and Darcey Fugman-Small. It was the second winery in the Walla Walla Valley. The winery gained early recognition for its cabernet sauvignons, merlots and chardonnays.
Rick planted the first of forty-one acres of the Estate Vineyard in 1976 on his family's dryland wheat ranch. The winery also purchases grapes from selected growers and is a partner is Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills.
In 1998, Woodward Canyon also began producing wines under its second label, Nelms Road. Nelms Road offers merlot and cabernet sauvignon and was developed to produce delicious and affordable red wine.
Woodward Canyon is a founding member of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance and of Walla Walla Valley Vinea, the Winegrower's Sustainable Trust.
Farming Practice: Practicing Organic