Chardonnay, ‘Washington’, Woodward Canyon
This stunning 2014 Washington State Chardonnay was produced from 51% Celilo Vineyard chardonnay (Wente clone) grown in the Columbia River Gorge and 49% Woodward Canyon Estate chardonnay (Clone 108) in the northwestern corner of the Walla Walla Valley. The grapes were harvested by hand, sorted, and whole cluster pressed. The yield averaged around 3 tons per acre, with all grapes harvested by the end of September. This 2014 Washington State Chardonnay reflects the vintage well. The Walla Walla Valley influence is apparent due to the slightly richer character of nearly 40 year old estate grown fruit; the Celilo influence brings elegance, balance and length.
This wine was fermented in 100% French burgundy barrels; roughly 20% new.
**Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard is Certified Sustainable by IOBC via LIVE and is designated Salmon-Safe.**
Beautifully vibrant flavors of ripe pear, caramelled apple, and peach marry perfectly with wonderful acidity. Whole cluster pressing gives delineated fruit which integrates beautifully with notes of vanilla, mineral and toasted hazelnut. Finally, the oak is understated by our choice and is in wonderful proportion with the alcohol, fruit and acidity. Fully mature fruit shows in the mouth; the texture is smooth and silky. The finish is complex, generous, and long. And while this wine may be consumed now, it will benefit substantially with a year in bottle and should continue to improve for another several years with proper cellaring.
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Press & Reviews
An incredibly impressive white, Woodward Canyon’s 2014 Chardonnay was barrel fermented and aged in 20% new French oak, with partial malolactic fermentation. It has a beautifully classy, medium-bodied, refreshing, yet also textured style to go with lots of ripe apple, citrus blossom, brioche and vanilla aromas and flavors. It’s rock solid and I suspect will age gracefully for 4-5 years.
This wine is near equal parts Celilo and Estate vineyards. Nuanced aromas of toast, pear, apple, straw and spice are followed by flavorful, yet still restrained stone fruit and spice flavors with a zip of acidity. It’s a very pretty, very beautiful expression of the variety.