The first of 6 purchased on release. This was decanted for 90 minutes leaving a fairly substantial fine grained sediment. The color was a dense purple red with no indication of bricking. The accessible aromatics were dominated by full, ripe dark fruits with emerging secondary notes and an herbal-briary edge. In the mouth, it is very solid, round, and surprisingly soft with resolved tannins. For me though, it seems a little unfocused. Flavor intensity starts out well with ripe fleshy fruit, a touch of tobacco, and noticeable but not obtrusive oak, but it flattens out in mid palate and trails off rather quickly. In spite of the 14.6% alcohol, it finishes without a trace of heat or harshness. Overall, it is totally satisfying but a little short in the complexity and flavor delineation departments. I expect this to hold well and plan to finish them over the next 7-10 years. 90 points
3/16/2014 Decanted for 60 minutes, this second bottle was clearly a better showing. The lack of focus and disjointed character of the first bottle were not in evidence and it was solid across the palate with good length that was somewhat marred by noticeable heat at the end. I'm not sure if this just happened to be a better bottle or if the wine is now starting to come into its own but if it continues to improve at the same rate, I will be delighted. 92 points
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(Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series) #2; COLOR-dark; NOSE-really interesting; roasted pepper/tomato soup; some black cherry; beautiful red cassis; some Oak & inkiness coming through; TASTE-a bombastic wine w/ heavy levels of tannins; very young; heavy layers of vanilla; hints of cedar; some cherry cola aspects that I appreciate; big wine; extremely structured; massive dark flavors; way too young right now; should open in 4-6 years; flavors muted right now, but has great (95 point) potential; JM-93; GV-90
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