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
Blend - Bordeaux
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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Press & Reviews
A sensational Bordeaux blend, the 2012 Estate Reserve checks in as a blend of 28% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Petit Verdot that spent 21 months in 100% new French oak. It offers thrilling cassis, caramelized black cherries, licorice and toasted bread notes to go with a full-bodied, ultra-pure, multidimensional feel on the palate. This is Walla Walla at its finest, and while it’s approachable today, it won’t hit maturity for 7-8 years and will evolve for a decade or more past that.
This blend is near-equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon along with a healthy dollop of Petit Verdot (18%). It shows a mix of fruit and savory elements, with notes of potting soil, green coffee bean, mocha, fresh herbs, licorice, generous barrel spices and red and black fruit—showing more with each swirl. The fruit and chocolate flavors are dense and rich, with bright acids and a firm core of tannins. The balance is spot-on and the finish lingers. It drinks beautifully now but you can expect it to age for another 20 years. 94, Cellar Selection