2003 Woodward Canyon "Estate Red" Walla Walla Valley, Washington

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92 points from Robert Parker: "The 2003 Estate Red Wine is composed of 44% Cabernet Franc, 41% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Petit Verdot. It was fermented with native yeasts and was aged in 100% new oak. The product of the warmest vintage on record for Walla Walla, the wine is dark ruby-colored and offers up an excellent nose of toasty black currants, blackberry, spice box, and fresh herbs. This is followed by a firm, layered, well-balanced wine which is built to last. There is moderate, ripe tannin leading to a long, pure finish. Give this Saint-Emilion look-alike 5-7 years of additional bottle age and drink it through 2035." (Aug. 2007) 90 points from Wine Spectator: "Firm in texture, focused in flavor, with enticing aromatics of smoke and roasted cherry, delivering a concentrated mouthful of spicy cherry and dried tomato flavors that manage to persist without being heavy. Tannins are well-integrated. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2008 through 2013. 497 cases made." (Jun. 15, 2006)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.