2014 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series #23

Year: 2014
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 94--Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
Price :
$36.95

"Well-built, with a firm backbone wrapped in rich and expressive notes of blackberry, green olive and clove, lingering toward big but refined tannins. Drink now through 2025. 3,250 cases made. –TF " (WS)

"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." (WA)

"(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." (VM)

"Tar and dark berry aromas with hints of dark chocolate. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. A bigger, more fruit-forward style. Drink or hold." (JS)

"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." (JD)

"Fruit for this wine comes from top sites Champoux, Sagemoor, Woodward Canyon Estate and Summit View vineyards. It brings classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of black currant, black cherry and herbs along with generous barrel spices. The black-fruit and coffee flavors are lush and full, bringing a real sense of hedonism and delight." (WE)

Winery notes:
Vineyards:
Champoux Vineyard, Sagemoor Vineyard, Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard and Summit View.

Vintage Specific Characteristics:
The 2014 vintage was smaller and slightly cooler, yet at the same time gave impressive quality. 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 for twenty-two months 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.

Production Notes and General Characteristics:
This “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from grapes selected from some of the finest and most highly regarded vineyards in Washington State and the Walla Walla Valley. Each produces fantastic wine in their own right; when blended they produce extraordinary wine. This wine shows brighter fruit than the 2013.

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.