Thank you for giving us 99 points for the 2012 Estate Reserve! We have long been sold out of that vintage, but you can purchase our 2014 Estate Reserve
on our website.
Perdue, Andy, The Seattle Times, February 2nd, 2018
Correction, it was our 1987 "Dedication Series" Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley (not 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley) that was the first Washington State wine to be in the Top 10 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 list.
Sullivan, Sean, Wine Enthusiast, December 19th, 2017
Honored to be included as one of five Washington State wines on Wine Enthusiast's best-of-the-best-list.
"One of the state's best bottles year after year". Ranked for the third year in a row and only one of four wines from Washington State.
Degerman, Eric and Andy Perdue, HeraldNet, October 20th, 2017
Owner Rick Small uses grapes from vines he used when he made wine in his back yard in the 1970s.
Cabernet That Reigns Supreme
Sullivan, Sean, Seattle Met, September 13th, 2017
"Since the winery’s founding in 1981, Woodward Canyon has consistently created some of the state’s highest quality and most age-ready wines; this latest example is especially great, filled with both fruit and tannins."
Woodward Canyon, A Sustainable Legacy Advintures: September 13th, 2017
Spotlight on Washington State Wine Country: People and Places
Albanese, Allie, Community Table, August 25th, 2017
A look back with Leonetti Cellar’s Gary Figgins and Woodward Canyon’s Rick Small
Gregutt, Paul, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, August 7th, 2017
"Just 40 years ago there was no Walla Walla wine industry. But Gary Figgins and Rick Small — a couple of friends, who’d grown up here — had been planting some vines and getting together on Friday nights after work to play guitar, drink wine and dream a little."
Nice to be included at#22!
101 Best Wineries in America 2017, The Daily Meal "
[ Woodward Canyon] produces someof its state's best cabernet sauvignons - and there's lots of strong competition - and a range of chardonnays and merlots that can match character with anything produced in America."
Schweber, Nate, SevenFiftyDaily, July 26th, 2017
Beer, wine and spirits producers in the Pacific Northwest are leading the charge to protect salmon habitats. Read more about our sustainability program here.
Austin, Michael, The Chicago Tribune, May 10th, 2017
Great primer on Washington State wines. We are pleased to be among those recommended too!
The Best Wines to Buy at the Oregon & Washington Tasting
Jones, Roger, The Buyer, March 15th, 2017
Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones finds plenty to rave about at the Oregon & Washington Wines tasting held in London. This is what he has to say about our 2013 Artist Series: "Seamless, restrained elegance, loved the fresh bright flavours, soothing cedar wood, cassis and touch of perfume, a real fabulous Cabernet that will age well".
Walla Walla’s White Wines
Earl, Mary Kitsap Sun, March 12th, 2017
Yes, we are mostly known for our reds, but the first variety that we planted was Chardonnay in 1977. Read our long-time friend, Mary Earl's take on Walla Walla whites.
2013 Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve Walla Walla Valley - Best of Class for Bordeaux-style blends $45+
San Francisco Chronicle, Wine Competition, January 13th, 2017
Ag Expo seminar features Woodward Canyon's second generationDegerman, Eric, December 30th, 2016Jordan is speaking at Baker Boyer Bank 's Family Legacies seminar for the Eastern Washington Ag Expo about the next generation’s perspective on receiving a family legacy and the evolution of a family business.
Planning a wedding? Our Chardonnay is recommended by Brides Magazine
Honored to have our 2014 Washington Chardonnayfeatured in the February/March issue of Brides Magazine rehearsal dinner recommendation section. We agree that our chardonnay is a perfect match for a fish course and would be delighted to be a part of your celebration!
Northwest Wine: Woodward Canyon remains among West Coast’s best
Degerman, Eric and Andy Perdue, The Spokesman-Review, December 9th, 2016
Get to know the second generation and Woodward Canyon wine for the holidays!
2013 Old Vines has made the Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections
For the second year in a row! We have sold through 75% of the 2013 Old Vines
, so don't miss out if you would like some for the holidays or to lay down in your cellar.
Watch Rick talk about Cabernet and food pairings with Wine Spectator on Twitter October 28th, 2016
Best of the Best: The Top 10 Washington Wines of 2016 Sean P. Sullivan, Seattle Met Magazine, September 21st, 2016
"One of the state’s oldest wineries also happens to create some of Washington’s most ageworthy wines. The latest example is this red blend, near equal parts merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc, along with a healthy dollop of petit verdot. Expect it to be at its best for a full 20 years."
Washington's Best White Wines
Sean P. Sullivan, Seattle Met Magazine, September 21st, 2016
"Year after year, count on Woodward Canyon to produce chardonnay both nuanced and profound. The 2014 vintage wine is the latest example from this Old Faithful of Washington winemakers."
Listen to Rick talk about wine from Black Tomato's video "Seattle: An Artisan Life"
Seattle and Washington State is at the forefront of the US's culinary scene. The home of rolling vineyards and creative city chefs and brewers, this is a place that nurtures talent and produces incredible flavours. Allow us to introduce you to some of the state's most passionate producers...
Watch Sager on Part Four of 100% Chance of Wine on Kvew
September 28th, 2016
This week on "100% Chance of Wine" Kristin Walls heads back out to Woodward Canyon Winery in Walla Walla. Instead of wine, this week she tries out their delicious wood fired pizza, where the ingredients come from the owner's very own garden.
Watch Jordan on Part Three of 100% Chance of Wine on Kvew
September 21st, 2016
It's Wine Wednesday, which means it is time for "100% Chance of Wine." Kristin Walls heads back out to Woodward Canyon Winery in Touchet to taste some of their most popular wines.
See Jordan on Part Two of 100% Chance of Wine on Kvew
September 14th, 2016
Kristin Walls heads back out to Woodward Canyon this week to talk to Jordan Small about sustainability and harvest up in the vineyard.
See Jordan and Sager on Part One of 100% Chance of Wine with Kristin Walls on Kvew
September 7th, 2016
Kristin Walls has been touring Washington's wine country and is debuting her new segment today. She heads to Walla Walla to meet the family that operated Woodward Canyon Winery in this week's "100% Chance of Wine."
Chardonnay gains strength in Washington wine country
By Andy Perdue on September 4th, 2016
"Rick Small and Kevin Mott continue to lead the trend and champion the cause for food-friendly, refined Chardonnay in the Pacific Northwest." Nice words from the folks at Great Northwest Wine.
The biggest changes in 2014 for Nelms Road Cabernet from Woodward Canyon were the sassy copper foil, kraft paper label of map-like roads and a screw cap finish. What didn’t change was the quality of the wine inside the bottle. Delicious flavors of blackberry, mineral and cherry candy are preceded by enticing aromas of cherry, vanilla, olive and herbs – a great value for your holiday red-wine needs.
#1 Woodward Canyon Winery 2012 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $99: A couple of years ago, owner Rick Small and winemaker Kevin Mott chose not to make the 2010 version of this wine because it didn’t meet their standards. That’s integrity. My wine of the year is from one of the best vintages in Washington history. It is glorious, a wine to drink now or in 20 years. Buy it, cherish it.
Woodward Canyon2014 Nelms Road Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of red fruit open up into an easy-drinking wine with flavors of simmered plums and peppery spice. It has a smooth body and warming quality that make it incredibly approachable. Click here for more.
Wines of the Week
by Chuck Hill
2012 Columbia Valley Merlot - Click here to read more.
Northwest Wine Night Radio
with Rick Small October 4th, 2015Click here to listen!
by Julien Perry 7. Woodward Canyon:
Most people want to stop here for both gustational and historical reasons; Founded in 1981, Woodward Canyon is one of Walla Walla's oldest, and most respected, wineries. But during late Spring and Summer there's a third reason to stop, and that's the food! Straight from Darcey Small's garden, the folks at Woodward Canyon whip up tasty lunch dishes celebrating Walla Walla's agricultural heritage. It's a treat to enjoy these amidst the lush gardens behind the tasting room. There's also the seasonal Lazy S Arrow market, where you can purchase all kinds of goodies — from fresh produce to locally-made charcuterie — that'll leave you feeling like you just visited your favorite Aunt who loaded you up with homemade provisions for your weekend in paradise.
Great Northwest Wine of the Week
March 31, 2015 • Vol. 3, No. 13
By Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman
Wine of the WeekWoodward Canyon Winery 2012 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon
Proprietor Rick Small skipped the 2010 vintage of his Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon - it was the first time he hadn't bottled his reserve-level Cab since launching Woodward Canyon in 1981. He did it because he didn't think the wine was quite good enough.
That's a move that takes guts and integrity - qualities that define Small's character.
This new release from Woodward Canyon is a stunner that should make Small and winemaker Kevin Mott proud. It opens with aromas of sweet spices, cherry pipe tobacco and ripe boysenberry. On the palate, it reveals flavors of black cherry, plum sauce and sautéed mushrooms. It is impeccably balanced through the lengthy and memorable finish.
This earned a unanimous double gold medal at the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition.
20 American Chardonnays to Buy Now
Wine Enthusiast, 2015
#5 Woodward Canyon Winery
"Our Wine Writer's Top 50 for 2014
Seattle Times, by Andy Perdue
#10 Woodward Canyon Washington State Chardonnay 2013
By Richard Nalley, ForbesLife, November 3rd, 2014Woodward Canyon 2011 Estate Reserve
"Walla Walla founding father Rick Small took what the challenging vintage gave him–a 1.7-ton-per-acre trickle of Cabernet Franc, with a pinch of Petite Verdot–and fashioned a velvet-textured, gracefully filled-in, wow-factor wine with notes of violet, graphite and marinated black cherries set against a soft background of vanilla oakiness."
2012 Estate Barbera- "Rick Small’s sustainably farmed vineyard has been growing this Italian variety since the 1990s, and the results from this remarkable vintage are stunning. He used 500-liter Italian barrels, as well as new French oak, to create aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate, walnut and forest floor. A bold entry leads to ripe and dark black fruit flavors, backed by easy tannins and good acidity. It’s a luscious drink crafted to serve with dishes from northern Italian such as braised beef, pork or veal with risotto. This wine earned a gold medal at the 2014 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition." 07/07/2014
Wine Advocate Reviews
94+ 2011 "Old Vines" Cabernet Sauvignon
94 "2011" Artist Series" Cabernet Sauvignon
94 2011 Estate Reserve
90 2011 CV Merlot
2014 Sunset International Wine Competition
With more than 2,713 entries from the United States and around the world at the Sunset International Wine Competition, Woodward Canyon wines won: Silver
- 2010 Estate ReserveBronze
- 2012 Washington State Chardonnay
Andy Perdue, Wine Press Northwest, March 11th, 2014
"Rick Small is happiest in wide-open spaces where he can smell fresh air and feel the soil between his fingers." Click here
to read more.
Chuck Hill, March 7th, 2014
Woodward Canyon Winery- 2012 Chardonnay
"Rick and Darcey Small are among the very few that can call themselves Walla Walla Valley wine pioneers. Planting began at their Woodward Canyon Vineyard in 1976 and the winery was founded in 1981. Early tastings were offered in a corner of the rustic winery building. Today, the winery has a lovely tasting room in a separate building, their Reserve House restaurant and the Lazy S Arrow market offering fresh produce grown adjacent to the Woodward Canyon vineyard. The 2012 Chardonnay was crafted from grapes grown at the estate vineyard and from Celilo Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge. In the Woodward Canyon tradition, it is whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented, offering aromas and flavors of apple, pear and peach with notes of vanilla, spicy mineral and toasty oak."
Woodward Canyon Welcomes Second Generation
Lowden, WA, February 26, 2014 – Woodward Canyon owners Rick Small and Darcey Fugman-Small officially welcome their daughter Jordan Dunn-Small to the staff of Woodward Canyon. This transition has been in the planning stages for several years, and the time was right for Jordan to join the team.
“It’s exciting to be coming in as the second generation to a business that my parents started before I was born. Having worked off and on at the winery growing up, I became interested in the wine business early on. It has long been my goal to continue what my parents have started by returning full time to Woodward Canyon,” said Jordan.
Jordan graduated from Lewis and Clark College, Portland Oregon, with a degree in International Affairs, spending her semester abroad in Alsace, France. Her past work experience includes assisting with communications at the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, overseeing marketing and sales at Tertulia Cellars, and most recently she spent the last four years managing the lab and coordinating packaging for Long Shadows Vintners.
Jordan has sat on the Woodward Canyon Board of Directors for the past several years and became a minority partner in 2011. She started working full time at the winery in early February after spending several months on maternity leave caring for the next generation.
Jordan will be assisting in many facets of day-to-day operations at the winery including tasting room and VIP tastings, managing the winery’s Reserve House restaurant, traveling for sales trips, and working with the winemaking team on special projects.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Jordan join us and the rest of the Woodward Canyon team,” said Darcey. “Rick is the third generation to farm the land that the Estate Vineyard occupies, so it is special to have the fourth generation make that same commitment to the land and to be involved in the creation and sale of the wine that comes from it.”
Duane Pemberton, February 22, 20142011 Woodward Canyon Artist Series
On the nose: Black cherry, dark chocolate shavings, cassis, cigar wrapper, black raspberry, quince and a hint of fennel.
On the palate: A solid cab which exhibits so much character, fruit, tannin and mouth feel. The cascading waves of fruit baste your tongue like a Thanksgiving turkey in the oven.2010 Woodward Canyon Walla Walla
On the nose: Chocolate laced cherries, forest floor, mushroom, leather, spice, big league chew and cigar.
On the palate: A very good tasting experience of a Washington Cab that combines so many of the elements most love about this grape. A solid wine with a complexity of flavors of red fruit, dirt, spiced leather, tobacco and dark chocolate. The mid palate has beautiful acidity and its finish hangs around for hours.
2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
At the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Woodward Canyon earned:Best of Class: 2012 Woodward Canyon Chardonnay ($44)
Beautifully mature flavors of ripe pear, apple, and peach marry perfectly with wonderful acidity. Whole cluster pressing has given delineated fruit which integrates beautifully with aromatic notes of caramel, vanilla, spice and hazelnut.
Double Gold: 2011 "Artist Series" Cabernet Sauvignon ($59)
This wine has an enticingly complex nose of baking spice, ripe olive and thyme integrated beautifully with aromas of black fruits and cassis. In the mouth the wine is firm but rich showing notes of pepper, herb and berries.Silver: 2010 Columbia Valley Merlot ($44)
The wine shows extraordinary complexity with higher toned fruit with nicer acidity than several recent vintages. The Weinbau Vineyard has produced a complex flavor profile of generous cherry, spice and coffee while the Woodward Canyon property offers more earth; I pick up notes of toasted coconut and vanilla in the aroma.
Andy Perdue, November 29th, 2013"17. Woodward Canyon Winery 2009 Old Vines cabernet sauvignon
, Washington, $89: This is the red wine by which all others are measured. Owner Rick Small has so much integrity, he didn’t produce a 2010 version of this because it didn’t measure up to his standards."
by Andy Perdue, November 7th 2013
Gold Medal/Best in Class
Woodward Canyon 2012 Washington State Chardonnay
Woodward Canyon 2011 "Artist Series" Cabernet Sauvignon
Woodward Canyon 2012 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Woodward Canyon 2010 Columbia Valley Merlot
Nelms Road 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nelms Road 2012 Merlot
, Andy Perdue, November 1st, 2013
"Christmas is a time for reflection, family, celebration and giving. For this case, I chose wines I want to enjoy, and this gives me the option of popping the cork during a holiday meal, wrapping up the wine to put under the tree or taking the bottle to a party as a hostess gift.
Throughout the year, I buy bottles I think I will want to share with special people in my life, and Christmas is the time to lighten my cellar, however slightly.
• Woodward Canyon Winery 2009 Old Vines Dedication Series cabernet sauvignon, Washington, $89: Simply put, this is one of the finest red wines made in Washington. Enjoy it with prime rib at Christmas dinner or give as a really special gift." Click here to read more.
, Michael Cervin, July 2013
"#29- Rick Small of Washington's Woodward Canyon was instrumental in establishing the Walla Walla AVA, and forming his winery in 1981. Since that time, Small has consistently produced premium, award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Grenache, Dolcetto and other varietals"... Click here to read more.
Wine Press Northwest
, July 16, 2013
"Simply put, this is the standard bearer of Washington Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine by which others are measured." Click here to read more.
Great Northwest Wines
, Andy Perdue, July 12th 2013
"Owner Rick Small and winemaker Kevin Mott, since his arrival in 2003, have made that wine every year for 29 years. In 2010 – what would have been the 30th anniversary of the Dedication Series – Small and Mott made the difficult decision to not bottle a wine under the label because the quality just wasn’t there." Click here to read more.
Woodward Canyon Winery restaurant re-opens for a second season
Great Northwest Wines
, Eric Degerman, May 22, 2013
"There are a number of outstanding lunch spots in Walla Walla, Wash., but Woodward Canyon Winery again provides east-bound wine lovers a seasonal oasis beyond the outskirts of town." To read more, click here.
, by Tom Lee on April 1, 2013
"The reds from Woodward Canyon age as gracefully as anything produced in Washington. Bright violet in color. 14.4% ABV. Super ripe with a nose of candied cherries. Leather, tobacco, maraschino cherries, smoke, spice, chocolate, mint and cassis on the palate. The finish is rich, earthy and long. This wine is in a holding pattern – it’s largely unchanged from the bottle I had in the Summer of 2011. I will let my last few bottles cellar for another 3-5 years. My rating: 93 points." To read more, click here
.Winemakers To Watch-March 6th, 2013
Check out Rick Small's interview with Wayne from Winemakers To Watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjFM_uIyWik
February for Foodies
What says February better than wine & chocolate? Indulge in Theo’s tasty chocolates while exploring a flight of Woodward Canyon’s finest red wines. ($8 non refundable) Treat your sweetheart this February and create an unforgettable experience at Woodward Canyon.
Woodward Canyon Winery Review
, by Denise Gangnes, April, 4th 2012
"Woodward Canyon is the first major stop on Highway 12 after a 30-minute drive from the Tri-Cities, and a welcome sight..." To read more of the article click here
Special to the Seattle Times
, Paul Gregett
#21. Woodward Canyon 2009 "Artist Series" #18 Cabernet
2010 "Artist Series" Label
Woodward Canyon's 2010 "Artist Series" label is especially extraordinary. The Smalls purchased the artwork at the Auction of Washington Wines which, in part, benefits Seattle Children's Hospital. The final masterpiece is credited to, artist, Taras Lesko and Friends, including the Cramer Family, whose two children Christalin and Josiah live with cystic fibrosis and have been treated at Seattle Children's Hospital. The piece of art features 65 handmade roses and is dedicated to those living with CF. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of our 2010 "Artist Series" wine will be donated to the Seattle Children's Hospital. This is truly an amazing piece of art and has evolved the Woodward Canyon "Artist Series" label into something more, something momentous.
To view a short video of the creation of the piece please click on the 2010 "Artist Series" label.
, by Tom Lee October, 10th, 2012
"Woodward Canyon produces almost a dozen different wines, and their Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Chardonnay are some of the very best examples of those varietals produced in Washington State." To read more of the article click here
, by Zibby Wilder, September 26th, 2012
"If you know anything about Washington wine, you know about Rick Small." To read more of the article click here
by Sean P. Sullivan, August 22nd, 2012
Nelms Road Cabernet Sauvignon Washington State 2009
"Nelms Road is a second label for Woodward Canyon and draws from some of the same fruit sources to produce this showy cabernet. $25"