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Professional Ratings: 92 The Wine Advocate
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Boutique Wines
Style: Smooth & Supple
Item no. 117847
This "Old Vines" Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and complex yet shows the sophistication and balance that comes from decades of making the "old vines" from the same grapes. It expresses the purity of fully mature cabernet sauvignon that, in my opinion can only be experienced from 35 or 40 year old vines. The color is dark purple and the aromas are of earth, black fruits, dried juniper berry, leather and mocha. Flavors of ripe black fruits and cassis blend beautifully with the exotic spice of new oak to coat the mouth. The texture is soft and silky yet there are mature integrated tannins offering a rich, lingering finish. With proper storage; it will age for ten years or more.
Blend: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot
Woodward Canyon’s Walla Walla 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from their estate with just a 7% contribution from DuBrul, and, rather surprisingly, incorporates small amounts of Syrah and Mourvedre as well as the more predictable Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Iodine and cherry pit intriguingly and successfully serve-up counterpoint to seamlessly rich, ripe cassis and cherry. A vaguely toasty, resinous sense from the 50% new wood is subtly integrated into the rich folds of fruit, and this finishes with a superb sense of energy and invigoration as well as sheer length. It ought to be well worth following for at least a decade.