Estate Reserve, Woodward Canyon

All grapes are sustainably grown at Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard. Since 2006, our vineyard has been certified sustainable by the International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC) & LIVE. The IOBC was established in 1955 to promote environmentally safe methods of pest and disease control in plant protection. The vineyard is also designated as Salmon Safe. This wine is 100% from the Estate Vineyard also making it a certified Salmon Safe wine.

The Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve is always produced from our finest Estate Vineyard lots.  It is gratifying to produce such a classic Walla Walla Valley red wine. The Estate Vineyard has nearly always been a rather low yielding property but 2012 was different with an average yield of around 3.5 tons per acre.  It is rare to see both a larger crop and such amazing quality in the same vintage; 2012 proved to be such a vintage!

This wine was fermented in small 2000 liter open top tanks with native yeast and was punched down two times per day.  After pressing, this wine went directly to new French chateau barrels for maturation and development.

241 cases produced

Walla Walla
Blend - Bordeaux
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Tasting Notes

As might be expected from a vintage such as 2012, the resulting wine is elegant with generous black cherry fruit.  A breadth of baking spice and vanilla from new oak integrates beautifully with the aromatic cabernet franc dominated fruit.  A nose of ripe black fruits, crème brulee and sweet pipe tobacco develops in the glass; the color is a lovely dark red.  The wine has an amazingly silky texture yet transitions to a firm and very well balanced mouth feel; the finish is rich, layered and long.  There is a distinct “expression” or “sense of place” in this wine. With proper cellaring, this wine should age well for ten years.

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