Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Washington State-Old Vines’, Woodward Canyon
This 2013 Washington State “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from grapes that were planted in the early 1970’s. From late September through mid-October, the oldest grapes were harvested by hand from Sagemoor Vineyard (50%) and Champoux Vineyard (37%), located on two very distinct benches above the Columbia River. The petit verdot and syrah were harvested from Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (13%).
The wine was fermented in 2000 liter stainless steel tanks and was punched down two times per day. Average fermentation was between seven and ten days. After pressing and racking, the various lots were moved to new French barrels for aging and maturation. In early summer of 2015 the wine was racked from barrel, assembled and bottled mid-August.
This “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon is elegant and complex yet shows the sophistication, balance and structure that come from decades of working with the same fabulous vineyards. It expresses the purity and typicity of fully mature cabernet sauvignon that can only be achieved from old vine fruit. The color is dark purple with elevated aromas of earth, spice, black fruits and leather. Flavors of black cassis/black fruit blend beautifully with the exotic spice of new oak. The texture is soft but firm with integrated tannins offering a rich, lingering finish. This is clearly a wine from a warmer vintage. With proper storage this wine should easily age for ten years or more.
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Press & Reviews
One of the stars of the lineup (yet also one of the most expensive as well), the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines checks in as 87% Cabernet, 10% Petit Verdot and 3% Syrah, from vines planted in the 1970s that spent 20 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Big, rich, chocolaty and concentrated, with tons of blackcurrant, singed toast, vanilla bean and smoked herbs, it has full-bodied richness, building tannin and the overall balance and purity to evolve gracefully for 10-15 years.
Barrel notes of vanilla and spice take the lead in this aromatically brooding wine, followed by dried herbs and dark fruit. The flavors are pitch black, coating the palate from end to end with layers of fruit, tannins to go the distance and a graphite-filled finish that lingers. It will drink best from 2020–2027. Cellar Selection . — S.S.