Cabernet Sauvignon 'Artist Series', Woodward Canyon
• 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Syrah
• Sourced from Champoux Vineyard, Woodward Canyon Estate, Weinbau Vineyard, and Sagemoor Vineyard
• Hand harvested and sorted
• 48-hour cold soak
• Fermented in 2-ton stainless steel open-top fermenters
• Aged 22 months in 28% new French barrels
• 3347 cases produced
• 14.5% abv
About the Label Art:
2018 ARTIST SERIES #27, “Lush”, Encaustic 1’ x 1’, Jodie Stejer, Sandpoint, ID. Jodie Stejer in an Encaustic artist: applying a fired torch to fuse together beeswax, resin, pigments and shellac to create abstract paintings inspired by the emotions within her as well as the world around her. Jodie moved from her hometown of Corvallis, Oregon to play volleyball and attend Whitworth University. After college she married her husband John, had two kids and worked as an Interior Designer for over 20 years. Oil and acrylic painting had always been a hobby, but upon becoming an “empty nester” Jodie knew she wanted to pursue Encaustic art full time. She moved into a studio in downtown Sandpoint, Idaho. Layer by layer, letting the aesthetics take place, she allows the stories of her world to reveal themselves. It’s the most vulnerable way for Jodie to communicate to her audience. Encaustic painting is a passion which Jodie is continually engaged in and captivated by. She’s deeply fascinated with the movement of wax, the process of constantly developing her encaustic skills and learning from the artist community.
Press & Reviews
This wine isn't ready to reveal itself right now, with locked up aromas of chocolate, cocoa, cherry and spice. Coffee and cherry flavors follow. Give it some additional time in the cellar to blossom. SEAN P. SULLIVAN
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.