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Woodward Canyon 'Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
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Woodward Canyon 'Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

 
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Jeb Dunnuck 94
"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series checks in as a blend of 92% Cab Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot that spent 22 months in 60% new French oak. Like all the wines here, it's inky colored. Exhibiting a great bouquet of fresh blueberries, leafy herbs, violets, and wet stone, with subtle background oak, this beauty is full-bodied, wonderfully pure, layered, and textured. It's one of the standouts in the lineup."

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Item ID: #27576
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Jeb Dunnuck 94
"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series checks in as a blend of 92% Cab Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot that spent 22 months in 60% new French oak. Like all the wines here, it's inky colored. Exhibiting a great bouquet of fresh blueberries, leafy herbs, violets, and wet stone, with subtle background oak, this beauty is full-bodied, wonderfully pure, layered, and textured. It's one of the standouts in the lineup."

Wine Advocate 92
"Rocking notes of spice, incense, black raspberries and dried flowers all emerge from the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series (92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot), and it's a complex, nuanced, impeccably balanced beauty! With medium to full-bodied richness, no hard edges and notable purity, drink it anytime over the coming decade or more."

Vinous Media 91
"(14.8% alcohol; the core of the blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon from Champoux; aged almost entirely in French oak, 50% new): Bright medium ruby. Sexy, aromatic nose offers scents of blueberry, mocha, espresso, licorice and woodsmoke, plus a whiff of Cabernet Franc leafiness. Dark fruit and spice flavors show a plush texture and a complicating element of exotic oak. This very rich wine will need some time to absorb its baby fat. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and excellent but not outstanding length. Winemaker Kevin Mott, who uses a lot of Taransaud barrels for mid-palate texture, along with Boutes Grande Reserve and St. Martin's Tronçais-Jupille blend, insists that this wine's woodsmoke element is not from its oak. -- Stephen Tanzer"

Tasting Notes
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 fruits. In the mouth the wine is rich and elegant, showing subtle notes of herb and black berry. 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.

The Wine
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. The label changes every year with work from a different artist.

The 2014 vintage was smaller and warmer for Washington State, yet at the same time gave surprising quality given the seasonal warmth. Beautifully mature fruit was achieved through rigorous shoot thinning, leaf stripping and green harvesting.

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.

Champoux Vineyard, Sagemoor Vineyard, Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard, Charbonneau, Discovery, Spring Creek and Summit View Vineyards.

110 cases 1.5L produced

The Estate
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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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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