Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 1998 Front Label

Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 1998

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This 1998 cabernet sauvignon was produced 100% from cabernet sauvignon grapes grown at Canoe Ridge vineyard, Champoux vineyard, Sagemoor vineyards above the Columbia River in southeastern Washington, and at Pepper Bridge vineyard in Walla Walla, Washington. All grapes were harvested by and were sorted prior to crush.

The 1998 vintage was a rather warm one for Washington and this cabernet sauvignon is a spectacular expression of fully mature cabernet from the Columbia Valley. In vintages such as 1998, we are able to work with physiologically mature fruit, which gives extreme ripeness and concentration to the wines. This cabernet was punched down and pumped over in small stainless steel tanks three or four times per day. Fermentation length varied between one and two weeks. After gentle pressing and racking, this wine was moved to new French chateau barrels (96%) and new American oak(4%) for aging. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered on May 10 and 11, 2000.

This cabernet is integrated with spicy new oak, generous black fruits, great texture and a deep purple color. The wine is beautifully proportioned with a long finish of cassis, chocolate and toasted oak. This cabernet will benefit significantly with additional bottle age and will easily age for twelve to fifteen years with proper storage.

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
An intense, deeply extracted wine with a powerful bouquet of blackberry jam, red-fruit preserves, and plenty of new oak. This wine screams “Drink me!” from the first sniff. It’s an 18-wheeler running down a steep grade. It explodes on the palate with a cloudburst of fruit, chocolate, smoke and oak, descending via soft, smooth tannins into a ripe, seductive, extended finish.
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Wine Spectator
Firm and round, with black cherry and herb flavors galore, which echo nicely on the finish, picking up hints of cedar and spice.
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Woodward Canyon Winery, named for the canyon Rick’s family farmed and where the Estate Vineyard is now located, was established in 1981 by Rick Small and his wife, Darcey Fugman-Small. Woodward Canyon was the second winery in the Walla Walla Valley and the Smalls were instrumental in the process of obtaining federal approval of the Walla Walla Valley appellation.

The winery has consistently produced premium, age-worthy, award-winning Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots as well as Chardonnays. From the outset, Rick determined that quality would take precedence over quantity.

Consequently, Woodward Canyon has remained small. Woodward Canyon is located in Lowden in the Walla Walla Valley appellation. The tasting room is a restored 1870's farmhouse.

Woodward Canyon is a founding member of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance and VINEA, the Walla Walla Valley Winegrowers' Sustainable Trust.

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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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