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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
(search item no. 87234)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2003 Artist Series was produced from grapes grown primarily at Champoux, Woodward Canyon Estate, Canoe Ridge, Klipsun, Sagemoor, Tapteil and Pepper Bridge vineyards. These seven vineyards are some of the most highly regarded properties in Washington and produce fantastic wines in their own right. In a blend, they can produce extraordinary wine.

The 2003 vintage was the warmest vintage for Washington that we have experienced since we began making wine in 1981. We achieved extraordinary ripening with full physiological maturity achieved through rigorous cultural practices such as shoot thinning, leaf stripping and green harvesting. This cabernet sauvignon was fermented in small stainless steel tanks and was punched down or pumped over twice a day. Aging in predominantly new French Chateaux barrels has produced a complex and generous red wine.

This wine has a beautiful nose of spicy oak and cedar integrated with ripe black fruits and cherry. A firm rich mouth feel begins with cassis and black berry leading towards chocolate and mocha. The finish is 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.
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About Woodward Canyon:

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.