2015 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series #24 375 ml

Year: 2015
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 92
Vinous Media: 91+
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
Price :
$25.95

"Polished and elegantly structured, with expressive cherry, tobacco and clove flavors that take on richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026. 1,971 cases made. -TF " (WS)

"(mostly made from Champoux and the estate vineyard; aged in 50% new oak): Saturated ruby. Sexy nose combines cassis, crushed-stone minerality, tobacco leaf, dark chocolate and menthol. Alluringly sweet, plush flavors of cassis, plum, dark raspberry, spices, licorice, dark chocolate and glossy oak are complicated by slightly medicinal notes of kirsch, menthol and herbs. Offers noteworthy density and depth and finishes with rather powerful broad, dusty tannins. Winemaker Mott kept this in barrel for 28 months, compared to a normal 22. There's plenty of mid-palate energy and thickness here, but I find all these wines quite oaky and a bit herbal. Mott told me he generally likes them best five to seven years after the vintage, but this rather chunky wine will more like seven to ten years to assume its adult shape. He also noted that "more people age our Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon." Plush, menthol, cassis, kirsch and dark chocolate. A bit obvious, chunky? (14.9% alcohol)" (VM)

"Impressive dark berries, cast in attractively earthy, fresh forest-floor notes, leading to a palate that has a very plush and dense, mid-palate play of fine tannin and ripe dark berries. Long finish. A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet franc and 4% Merlot. Drink or hold." (JS)

"A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series reveals a deeper ruby/purple color as well as loads of black fruits, tobacco leaf, cured meats, and bouquet garni notes. It's rich, medium to full-bodied, has background oak, and terrific overall balance. Give bottles 3-4 years and it will keep for 15-20+ years." (JD)

"This wine is a blend of fruit from Woodward Canyon Estate, Champoux, Sagemoor and Spring Creek vineyards. Despite seeing just 50% new oak, aromas of baking spice and vanilla are at the fore at present, in front of notes of herb and cherry. The palate brings a suave feel, with a lovely sense of texture, dipping in the middle before coming back together. The oak influence is intense right now. Give it time to settle in. Best after 2023." (WE)

Winery notes:
Current "Artist Series" Label:
2015 ARTIST SERIES #24, “Fur Canyon”, photograph, Augusta Sparks Farnum, Walla Walla, WA. Born into a family of artists in New England, Augusta Sparks Farnum left for the west as a 5th generation photographer, and graduate of Bard College’s photography program. In the first years, as a mother, she stayed creative - documenting the messes made by life, drawing on the walls surrounding her children, running a floral business, and founding the art education Carnegie Picture Lab non-profit. Now, she constructs art to redefine spaces, to reflect where she has been and where she wants to be. "Upon being commissioned, I began a photographic dowsing, if you will, of the WW Valley and the property of Woodward Canyon. Keeping myself open, without ego, I photographed the visual vernacular of my own allegories. The valley quietly holds, within its babble and commerce, fabled and surreal landscapes. The dry wheat and vineyard property has become a mythical place of land and sea, mixing the owner's origination story."

Vineyard Notes:
Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard, Champoux Vineyard, Sagemoor Vineyard and Spring Creek Vineyard.

Production Notes:
The 2015 vintage was smaller and slightly warmer than 2014, 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 true varietal character and distinct sense of place.

Winemaker Notes:
Release Date: Fall 2018, Production: 1971 cases

Other Notes:
78% cabernet sauvignon, 10% petit verdot, 8% cabernet franc, 4% merlot