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Woodward Canyon Winery

2014 Columbia Valley Merlot

2014 Columbia Valley Merlot

This 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot was produced from grapes grown at Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (LIVE certified sustainable and Salmon Safe) at the western edge of the Walla Walla Valley and at Weinbau Vineyard located above the Columbia River in central Washington. These mature south facing vineyards are now 20 years average age, are comprised predominantly of silt loam and sandy loam soils respectively, and are very well drained.  The 2014 vintage was perfect for merlot with harvest starting the 3rd week in September.
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SKU: 014062
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Columbia Valley
Bottling Date
16-Nov-16
Alcohol %
14.7
Wine Spectator
90
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The wine shows beautifully, with rich high toned fruit, balanced acidity and great proportion.  Complex flavors of cherry, spice, coffee and earth are enticing.  Notes of black cherry, spiced oak, leather and earth come forth in the aroma.  This wine is generous and balanced enough to enjoy now, yet with the complexity and structure to age well for six years or more.
Ratings
92 POINTS International Wine Report, December 2017 The 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot displays a lovely dark color followed by aromatics of prune, red cherry pie and baking spices. The mouthfeel is silky and refined. Deep flavors of black cherry, Hoisin sauce, blackberry cobbler and nutmeg impress. The structure of this wine is outstanding considering the heat of the vintage. Enjoy this great Merlot over the next decade.
Production Notes
This Merlot was pumped over and/or punched down by hand two times per day in small stainless steel tanks.  After pressing, settling, and racking the various lots were moved to French barrels for aging and maturation.  After crush, this wine was assembled and on November 16, 2016 was bottled and laid down in our cellars for additional development.  
Winemaker Notes
Release Date: September 2017, Production: 394 cases 750 ml
Other Notes
Varietal Composition: 93% merlot, 4% cabernet sauvignon, 2% cabernet franc, 1% petit verdot