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Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Winemaker 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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    Woodward Canyon

    Woodward Canyon

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    Woodward Canyon, , Washington
    Woodward Canyon
    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.

    Russian River

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    A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties...

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    A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, The Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river which flows through the region. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

    Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, further from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

    Chardonnay

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    One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes...

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    One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

    CVI312617_2000 Item# 56769

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