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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
(search item no. 37798)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $55.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 1998 Columbia Valley "old vines" cabernet sauvignon is produced from grapes that were planted in the 1970's. The grapes were harvested entirely from Champoux vineyard, formerly known as Mercer Ranch, along the Columbia River in southeastern Washington. The very warm growing season of 1998 gave incredibly ripe fruit of great richness and concentration.

The wine was pumped over and punched down three times per day in small stainless steel tanks. Average brix was "off the charts" with harvest running into the middle of October 1998. Average fermentation ranged from seven to ten days. After pressing and racking, the various lots were moved to new French chateau barrels for aging and maturation. In early July 2000, this wine was racked from barrel, assembled, and bottled unfined and unfiltered later that same month.

This 1998 "old vines" cabernet sauvignon is a powerful and worthy successor to 1995 and 1997 "old vines". Sadly, we were forced to declassify nearly one third of this "old vines" cabernet sauvignon into our 1998 "artist series" cabernet and are, therefore, short about 500 cases. Flavors of ripe raspberry and blackberry married with spicy, toasted oak and vanilla explode in the mouth! The color is deeply purple and the texture is concentrated and rich, yet supple. It will benefit greatly from additional cellaring, and with proper storage, should last fifteen years.

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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.