2008 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series #17

Year: 2008
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 93
Red Wine
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"Rich and ripe, with a green edge to the ripe plum and cherry flavors, lingering with deft balance on the firm-textured finish. Best after 2013." (WS)

"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series (which contains 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Syrah) has a superb pedigree with 76% of the fruit coming from the Champoux Vineyard in which the winery is a partner. It is a layered, savory, impeccably balanced effort that will continue to develop for another 3-4 years and drink well through 2023+.

Woodward Canyon, directed by its founder Rick Small, remains one of Washington’s benchmark wineries. The two Chardonnays are outstanding." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Champoux Vineyard (76%), Spring Creek Vineyard (9%), Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (6%), Sagemoor Vineyard (5%) and DuBrul Vineyard (4%)

Vintage Specific Characteristics:
The 2008 vintage was another fabulous one for “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon, although slightly more elegant, perhaps than 2007. We saw beautifully ripened fruit in 2008 with lower yields through shoot thinning, leaf stripping and over all better viticultural practices. All fruit was in by the middle of October.

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 on the use of new oak as these vineyards have gotten older allowing them to express typicity and a more distinct sense of place.

Production Notes and General Characteristics:
The “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from some of the finest and most highly regarded vineyards in Washington State. These vineyards produce fantastic wine in their own right; when blended, they produce extraordinary wine.

This wine has a generous nose of earth, subtle oak and spiced cocoa integrated with black fruits and very ripe cherry. A sweet, rich mouth feel begins with cassis and ripe black berry, leading towards chocolate and mocha. Soft, integrated tannins enhance the texture and give proportion; the finish is complex, 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.

About the artist:
"My love of botanical form and education in ornamental horiticulture inform my paintings and mixed media prints. In these works of richly textured layers of paper, ink and paint, flora serves as a metaphor for hope, rebirth, and renewal.

"Recent travels to Turkey, as well as a self-directed artist residency at Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington, have rekindled my interest in sense of place and a desire to explore landscape and architecture as well as botanical themes." Lisa Snow Lady