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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
(search item no. 56769)
collectible wine


PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $67.99

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
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2000 Columbia Valley "old vines" cabernet sauvignon is produced from 100% Champoux vineyard which was initially plants in the early 1970's. The long, warm growing season gave a beautiful red wine of great balance and proportion, but with a level of richness that is typically seen only in the warmer vintages such as 1998 or 2000. The wine was pumped over and punched down two to three times per day in small stainless steel tanks. Average brix was right at 25, with harvest completed by the middle of October. Average fermentation ranged from ten to twelve days. After pressing and racking, the various lots were moved to new French chateau barrels for aging and maturation. In early August 2002, this wine was racked from barrel, assembled and bottled later that same month.

This 2000 "Old Vines" Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich and powerful successor to all past "Old Vines" cabernets. Flavors of ripe black fruits and cassis married with spicy oak and vanilla explode in the mouth! The color is dark purple and the flavor is concentrated and rich; the texture is soft yet firm. This red wine will benefit greatly from additional cellaring and with proper storage, should last fifteen 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.