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Woodward Canyon Winery

2014 Estate Reserve Red Wine Image

2014 Estate Reserve Red Wine

The Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve is always produced from our finest Estate Vineyard lots.  It is very satisfying to produce such a classic Walla Walla Valley red wine. The Estate Vineyard has nearly always been a rather low yielding property and 2014 was no different with an average yield of around 2.9 tons per acre.  It is gratifying to see such amazing quality from our vineyard given the warmth of the vintage.
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SKU: 014222
Wine Specs
Red Blend
Walla Walla Valley
Vineyard Designation
Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard
Bottling Date
July 8th, 2016
Alcohol %
Wine Spectator
Robert Parker
Stephen Tanzer's
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
As might be expected from a rather warm vintage such as 2014, the resulting wine is elegant but still structured with generous black current fruit. A breadth of baking spice, five spice and vanilla from new oak integrates beautifully with the rather dominant cabernet sauvignon fruit. A nose of ripe black fruits, crème brulee and pipe tobacco develops in the glass; the color is dark red. The wine has amazing texture and 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.
94 POINTS Karen MacNeil—author of The Wine Bible, January 2019 I tasted this beautiful wine recently with owner/winemaker Rick Small. (Small, along with his friend the winemaker Gary Figgins, are legendary figures in Washington State, having virtually jumpstarted the modern wine industry in Walla Walla after teaching themselves winemaking in the 1970s). I suppose it’s hard not to be influenced when you taste with a wine’s winemaker. But the magnificence and artisanality of this wine could not be ignored. Bold streaks of red, blue, and black fruits splashed across the canvas of the wine. Tiny fireworks of saltiness and pepperiness kept exploding. Unlike many powerful and full-bodied cabernet-based wines, this Woodward Canyon feels sleek, but the richness of its flavor is undeniable (and attention grabbing). A great wine for your next dinner party perhaps. (Mostly cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, with some merlot and petit verdot). (14.7% abv)
Vineyard Notes
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.
Production Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
Release Date: January 2018, Production: 364 cases
Other Notes
Varietal Composition: 47% cabernet sauvignon,24% cabernet franc, 18% merlot, 11% petit verdot