Cabernet Sauvignon 'Artist Series', Woodward Canyon
This “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from some of the finest and most highly regarded vineyards in Washington State. Each produces fantastic wine in their own right; when blended they produce extraordinary wine. The label changes every year with work from a different artist.
The 2013 vintage was smaller and warmer for Washington State, yet at the same time gave surprising quality given the seasonal warmth. Beautifully mature fruit was achieved through rigorous shoot thinning, leaf stripping and green harvesting.
All grapes were harvested by hand, sorted and de-stemmed. This Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented in small stainless steel tanks and was punched down or pumped over twice a day. Aging in French Chateaux barrels has produced a well proportioned, complex and generous red wine. We have consciously chosen to use slightly less new French oak as these vineyards have gotten older; thus allowing the wine to express varietal typicity and a very distinct sense of place.
Champoux Vineyard, Sagemoor Vineyard, Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard, Charbonneau, Discovery, Spring Creek and Summit View Vineyards.
110 cases 1.5L produced
Press & Reviews
Bright ruby-red. Pure, youthfully medicinal scents of cassis, boysenberry, blueberry, licorice, menthol, bitter chocolate and pungent herbs. Brisk, delineated, high-pitched and tightly wound, with classic medicinal Cabernet Sauvignon character in the early going. Dominant flavors of cassis, licorice, menthol and dark chocolate. I did not taste this bottle alongside its 2017 sibling, but the two wines strike me as quite similar in style and quality. This one is perhaps a bit sweeter and may open sooner but is still quite firm and tactile on the finish.
Wine & Spirits
This 2018 is still a baby, dominated by oak and tannins, its structure filling in around the dark-plum flavors with a thick, ornate frame. Decant it if you open it now, and pair with a char-grilled steak.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series is a gem and well worth seeking out. Based on 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Syrah, brought up in 28% new oak, it offers an outstanding nose of blackcurrants, toasted spice, chocolate, and bouquet garni. Concentrated, firm and structured, with medium to full-bodied richness, it’s another age-worthy wine in the lineup that needs to be forgotten for 3-5 years.