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Woodward Canyon 'Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

 
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Wine Advocate 94
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series is straight up terrific, with tons of black currants, plums and spice to go with background smoked herbs and toasted bread nuances. Incorporating 11% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, aged 20 months in 50% new French oak, this full-bodied, rich, layered beauty has a great mid-palate, a silky texture and ripe tannin, all suggesting it will have a graceful evolution. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy ... read more
Item ID: #21795
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Advocate 94
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series is straight up terrific, with tons of black currants, plums and spice to go with background smoked herbs and toasted bread nuances. Incorporating 11% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, aged 20 months in 50% new French oak, this full-bodied, rich, layered beauty has a great mid-palate, a silky texture and ripe tannin, all suggesting it will have a graceful evolution. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following 10-15."

Vinous Media 92
"(14.4% alcohol; a blend that includes younger plantings from Champoux vineyard, 1972 vines from Sagemoor, a bit of estate fruit and some grapes from Summit vineyard, just above Seven Hills; aged in 55% new oak): Bright ruby. Very ripe, liqueur-like aromas of cassis and blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice, plus a slightly roasted, tarry nuance, perhaps from the oak--although this wine was vinified in small stainless steel fermenters. Large-scaled, plush and spicy, conveying lovely floral complexity to the flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate and licorice. Mott likes the extra depth and texture brought by the addition of some Petit Verdot. This very dry, broad wine finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and no greenness. Still a baby but already impressive. -- Stephen Tanzer"

Wine Enthusiast 92
"The variety quickly announces itself with aromas of dark cherry and dried herbs followed by generous barrel accents. The black-fruit flavors are rich but maintain balance, with a persistence that impresses. Score: 92, Sean Sullivan, March 2016"

The 2013 vintage was substantially larger than the winter damaged 2011 vintage and the quality was exceptional. We achieved beautifully mature fruit through shoot thinning, leaf stripping and improved viticultural practices. It is rare to see production numbers this large and still see wine quality so high.

All 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. We have consciously chosen to use slightly less new French oak as these vineyards have gotten older; thus allowing the wine to express varietal typicity and a very distinct sense of place.

This “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from many 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 enticing and deeply colored red wine shows a complex nose of baking spice, black olive and graham integrated beautifully with aromas of ripe black cherry. In the mouth the wine is rich and elegant, showing classic 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.

Varietal Composition:
76% cabernet sauvignon
11% merlot
5% cabernet franc
4% peitit verdot
4% syrah

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%)

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.

About:
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.

About the Artist and the label:
2013 Artist Series #22, “Sleeping Beauty “, oil and charcoal on canvas, 48” x 36”, Katherine Ace, Portland OR. Katherine Ace was born in Chicago in 1953 and received a BA from Knox College, Illinois, in 1975. She works in alkyd/oil on canvas. Between 1974 and 1990 she lived on three US coasts, in two mountain ranges, in remote rural rentals, in major cities and never in one place for long.Her continuing eclectic education consisted of pursuing a smorgasbord of work: a street portrait artist in New Orleans, a potter in Vermont, commissioned copyist, corporate portraitist, advertising/ magazine/ book and textbook artist. In January 1990 Ace moved to Oregon and established a permanent studio. She has had 32 solo shows since 1992. She is interested in complex story telling using cultural myths and histories that reach back into our collective and personal pasts. Figures and still life figures evolve an open ended metaphors for concepts and environments that are themselves also metaphors, and therefore fold - like fabric, time, or paint - back in on themselves. Like a poem, a painting is a surface. The depth is in the surface (oddly). It sort of dawns on you - like the way one remembers a dream sometimes, in fragments that float up all through the day, assembling themselves oddly, disturbingly... " ~ 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

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