Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
The "Old Vines" Cabernet originally started as the "Dedication Series" with the start of the winery in 1981. The label features a pioneer of the Walla Walla Valley and the wine is now sourced primarily from Champoux Vineyard, which is home to some of the oldest cabernet blocks in the state of Washington. This is a heavier-bodied cabernet and will typically age well, with proper cellar conditions, 15+ years from vintage.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Old Vines is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Champoux Vineyard (the principal source of the Quilceda Creek Cabernet). It was aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque purple, it offers up aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, violets, vanilla, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. This leads to a wine with serious depth and concentration, sweet, savory fruit, incipient complexity, and a very long, pure finish. Give it 5-6 years in the cellar and drink it through 2030. I tasted a 1983 Old Vines on this tasting trip and it was in impeccable condition, at its peak but with another decade of life. "
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby-red. Fruit-driven aromas of cassis, black cherry, dark chocolate and subtle oak; slightly candied but not quite liqueur-like. Suave on entry, then rich and broad in the middle, with lovely dark fruit and dark chocolate flavors leavened by a mineral component. Finishes with big chewy tannins and very good length. As lush as this is, it comes across as chunkier and more in need of bottle aging than the Artist Series release. This one struck me as a bit more old-fashioned in style-in a positive way.
Woodward Canyon Winery
Woodward Canyon Winery was founded by Rick Small in 1981. He is currently soul-searching on the subject of terroir. Debating the suitability of certain varietals to certain vineyard plots has become a quandary. On the one hand, the grapes growing there do fine and are the basis for extremely successful wines (Chardonnay, mostly); on the other, would Merlot or Cabernet Franc provide even more exciting character? The evolution of the Northwest wine industry continues. View all Woodward Canyon Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.