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Woodward Canyon Artist Series #17 – “The ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from some of the finest and most highly regarded vineyards in Washington State. These vineyards produce fantastic wine in their own right; when blended, they produce extraordinary wine.
This wine has a generous nose of earth, subtle oak and spiced cocoa integrated with black fruits and very ripe cherry. A sweet, rich mouth feel begins with cassis and ripe black berry, leading towards chocolate and mocha. Soft, integrated tannins enhance the texture and give proportion; the finish is complex, generous, and long. While this wine can be enjoyed now it will definitely benefit from additional cellaring and, with proper storage, should develop for eight years or more. Wine Spectator 91 Points
Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah – “Ex Umbris is Latin for ‘out of the shadows’. Originally made as a one-off due to a wildfire that resulted in tremendously smoky grapes, this wine has become a NW signature Syrah. The current vintage is a blend of fruit from Mike Sauer’s Red Willow Vineyard, Art DenHoed’s Erickson Road Vineyard, and Bruce Morford’s Slide Mountain Vineyard, each located in western Yakima Valley. The blend is balanced by fruit from the cooler, smoky Lewis Vineyard in The Dalles, and the unctuous fruitiness of Elerding Vineyard located in Alderdale, WA. Deep plum and dark cherry perfume precedes the velvety texture with bushels of blackberry, peppercorn and black licorice playing against plush tannins.” Stephen Tanzer 89 Points
Woodward Canyon Nelms Road Cabernet – “The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon contains 7% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. It is a bit more deeply colored while displaying an aromatic array of cedar, leather, spice box, cassis, and blackberry. On the palate it is medium-bodied, smooth-textured, ripe, and concentrated. Its spicy black fruit flavors lead to a fruit-filled, medium-long finish. It is likely to evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now. Nelms Road is a second label of Woodward Canyon. It contains fruit selected specifically for this label as well as some declassified barrels and press wine from the principal label.” Wine Advocate 90 Points
Owen Roe Cabernet Franc Rosa Mystica – “The grapes for the Rosa Mystica Cabernet Franc are grown on hillside vineyards from cooler sites in the Yakima Valley. There are few areas in the world that yield a stand alone Cabernet Franc. Normally used as a blending grape to enhance the aromatics of a Bordeaux blend, this grape usually is seen as inferior to the fuller-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Here, however, we have an area where the grape slowly ripens retaining full flavors that can be lost in warmer growing sites.
The vineyards yielded wonderfully rich fruit flavors with balanced acidity. Once in the winery, only minimal and traditional handling practices were employed to gently coax characteristics that are expressive of this fragrant and complex varietal.”