Woodward Canyon Winery 2016 Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $59

By on November 19, 2019

The Small family in the Walla Walla Valley continues to come up large in blind judging, and their flagship Cab – which they first produced in 1992 – again shows off the considerable skills of winemaker Kevin Mott. Using fruit from famed Champoux Vineyard, historic Sagemoor Vineyard, Spring Creek Vineyard and their own estate, Mott crafted a red that shows off black cherries and blackberries in its nose, then rich black cherry, blueberry and plum fruit in its flavors. He skillfully managed the slightly sweet black cherry skin tannins. It was only released in October, so this year’s label featuring a pair of busy bees, should be easy to spot. This earned the title of Best Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2019 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 863 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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