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2013 Woodward Canyon Estate Red Reserve at 92+ by Vinous, Nov-16
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Woodward Canyon Winery
"(70% new oak): Bright ruby-red. Very dark, even slightly porty aromas of blueberry, tar, bitter chocolate and celery seed, with good violet lift from the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot components. Less plush than the Old Vines Cabernet but nicely delineated and juicier in the middle palate, giving an impression of healthier acidity. More vertical than horizontal in shape. Not angular or disjointed but this rather backward wine boasts a firm spine of acids and tannins. Winemaker Mott told me he likes Merlot and Cabernet Franc best in the home vineyard but I should note that owner Rick Small frequently finds that he needs to use the small-berried Petit Verdot from this vineyard as a natural acidifier."