Woodward Canyon Artist Series #20 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Wine AdvocateOne of the standouts in the vintage, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series comes from a number of vineyards throughout Washington (mostly from, Champoux, Canoe Ridge and Sagemoor) and spent 22 months in French oak prior to bottling. Full-bodied, seamless and layered, with fabulous mid-palate, it offers up classic creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, black raspberry, toast and dried soil like aromas and flavors. Count me a fan. This beautifully balanced effort will evolve gracefully for 15 to 20 years.
Wine SpectatorThis has tremendous presence, offering a sturdy package of black currant, plum, clove and mocha flavors that linger expressively against polished tannins. Drink now through 2019. 1,930 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastToast and mocha scents and flavors surround a core of tart red berries. More barrel influence comes out as the wine breathes-clove, spice and smoke-as it rolls into a tightly-wrapped, tannic finish. Give this a lot of aeration, or tuck it away for another five or six years.