Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington

Item No. 117847
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • RP92
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2001
  • WE93
  • ST91
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Winemaker's Notes

This "Old Vines" Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and complex yet shows the sophistication and balance that comes from decades of making the "old vines" from the same grapes. It expresses the purity of fully mature cabernet sauvignon that, in my opinion can only be experienced from 35 or 40 year old vines. The color is dark purple and the aromas are of earth, black fruits, dried juniper berry, leather and mocha. Flavors of ripe black fruits and cassis blend beautifully with the exotic spice of new oak to coat the mouth. The texture is soft and silky yet there are mature integrated tannins offering a rich, lingering finish. With proper storage; it will age for ten years or more.

Blend: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

"Woodward Canyon’s Walla Walla 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from their estate with just a 7% contribution from DuBrul, and, rather surprisingly, incorporates small amounts of Syrah and Mourvedre as well as the more predictable Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Iodine and cherry pit intriguingly and successfully serve-up counterpoint to seamlessly rich, ripe cassis and cherry. A vaguely toasty, resinous sense from the 50% new wood is subtly integrated into the rich folds of fruit, and this finishes with a superb sense of energy and invigoration as well as sheer length. It ought to be well worth following for at least a decade. "
92 Points

Learn About Woodward Canyon Map ItMap It

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.

Learn About Columbia Valley

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...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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