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Date Printed: 4/18/2014
Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 94208)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $41.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate 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:

The 2005 vintage was one of the finest that I have ever experienced. We achieved extraordinary ripening with physiological maturity achieved through leaf stripping, green harvesting and generally improved cultural practices throughout the vineyards. This Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented in very 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 generous nose of spicy oak and cedar integrated with ripe black fruits and cherry. A sweet, rich mouth feel begins with cassis and ripe black berry leading towards chocolate and mocha. 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.

This 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon was produced from grapes grown primarily at Champoux, Sagemoor, Klipsun and Tapteil Vineyards. These four vineyards are some of the most highly regarded properties in Washington State and produce fantastic wines in their own right. In blend, they produce extraordinary wine.

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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.