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Woodward Canyon Winery
2014 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon 'Artist Series' #23

91
"(14.8% alcohol; the core of the blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon from Champoux; aged almost entirely in French oak, 50% new): Bright medium ruby. Sexy, aromatic nose offers scents of blueberry, mocha, espresso, licorice and woodsmoke, plus a whiff of Cabernet Franc leafiness. Dark fruit and spice flavors show a plush texture and a complicating element of exotic oak. This very rich wine will need some time to absorb its baby fat. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and excellent but not outstanding length. Winemaker Kevin Mott, who uses a lot of Taransaud barrels for mid-palate texture, along with Boutes Grande Reserve and St. Martin's Tronçais-Jupille blend, insists that this wine's woodsmoke element is not from its oak."
–Oct-17