From: Washington State, USA
Varietal: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7%Petit Verdot, 3% Syrah
Woodward Canyon Winery was established in 1981 by Rick Small and his wife, Darcey Fugman-Small. It is named for the canyon in Lowden, within the Walla Walla Valley appellation, that Rick’s family had farmed before converting it to the winery's estate vineyard. Woodward Canyon was the second winery in the Walla Walla Valley and the Smalls were instrumental in the process of obtaining federal approval for the Walla Walla Valley appellation.
The Woodward Canyon Artist Series began in 1992 with the intent to showcase the finest Cabernet Sauvignon in Washington State and the Walla Walla Valley. It has since become their flagship wine. The 2018 vintage represents a blend of fruit from Washington's Horse Heaven Hills AVA (Champoux Vineyard), Walla Walla Valley AVA (Woodward Canyon's estate vineyard), Columbia Valley AVA (Weinbau Vineyard), and Wahluke Slope AVA (Sagemoor Vineyard). It also marks Woodward Canyon's 27th Artist Series release. The excerpt at the bottom of this page provides some background on this wine's label.
Tasting Notes: This dark red-purple wine shows a complex nose of spiced black fruits, herbs, and lead pencil, that integrate beautifully with the subtle attractive oak. In the mouth, the wine is rich and elegant, showing ripe fruit, nice balance, and proportion, with herbs, and tobacco. Integrated tannins enhance the texture; the finish is complex, generous, and long.
"...brought up in 28% new oak, it offers an outstanding nose of blackcurrants, toasted spice, chocolate, and bouquet garni. Concentrated, firm, and structured, with medium to full-bodied richness, it’s another age-worthy wine in the lineup that needs to be forgotten for 3-5 years." –Jeb Dunnuck, 94 points
"A fragrant nose of blackcurrants, pine, rosemary, incense and sandalwood. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins. Structured and polished with a fresh finish. Drink from 2022." –James Suckling, 92 points
Pairing: Pair this beauty with your favorite roasted meats and cheeses.
“Lush”, Encaustic 1’ x 1’, Jodie Stejer, Sandpoint, ID. Jodie Stejer in an Encaustic artist: applying a fired torch to fuse together beeswax, resin, pigments and shellac to create abstract paintings inspired by the emotions within her as well as the world around her. Jodie moved from her hometown of Corvallis, Oregon to play volleyball and attend Whitworth University. After college she married her husband John, had two kids and worked as an Interior Designer for over 20 years. Oil and acrylic painting had always been a hobby, but upon becoming an “empty nester” Jodie knew she wanted to pursue Encaustic art full time. She moved into a studio in downtown Sandpoint, Idaho. Layer by layer, letting the aesthetics take place, she allows the stories of her world to reveal themselves. It’s the most vulnerable way for Jodie to communicate to her audience. Encaustic painting is a passion which Jodie is continually engaged in and captivated by. She’s deeply fascinated with the movement of wax, the process of constantly developing her encaustic skills and also learning from the artist community.
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