Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
The 2005 Old Vines is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Champoux Vineyard (the principal source of the Quilceda Creek Cabernet). It was aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque purple, it offers up aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, violets, vanilla, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. This leads to a wine with serious depth and concentration, sweet, savory fruit, incipient complexity, and a very long, pure finish. Give it 5-6 years in the cellar and drink it through 2030. I tasted a 1983 Old Vines on this tasting trip and it was in impeccable condition, at its peak but with another decade of life.
Bright ruby-red. Fruit-driven aromas of cassis, black cherry, dark chocolate and subtle oak; slightly candied but not quite liqueur-like. Suave on entry, then rich and broad in the middle, with lovely dark fruit and dark chocolate flavors leavened by a mineral component. Finishes with big chewy tannins and very good length. As lush as this is, it comes across as chunkier and more in need of bottle aging than the Artist Series release. This one struck me as a bit more old-fashioned in style-in a positive way.