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Woodward Canyon Winery

2017 Washington State Chardonnay

2017 Washington State Chardonnay

This stunning 2017 Washington State Chardonnay was produced from Celilo Vineyard chardonnay (Wente clone) grown in the Columbia River Gorge and Woodward Canyon Estate chardonnay (Clone 108) in the northwestern corner of the Walla Walla Valley.  The grapes were harvested by hand, sorted, and whole cluster pressed.  The very low yield averaged just over 2 tons per acre, with all grapes harvested by the end of September.  This 2017 Washington State Chardonnay reflects the vintage well.  The Walla Walla Valley influence is apparent due to the slightly richer character of 40 year old estate grown fruit; the Celilo influence brings elegance, balance and length. 
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Washington
Bottling Date
16-May-18
Alcohol %
14.1
Wine Spectator
90
Wine Enthusiast
91
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine was fermented in 100% French burgundy barrels; roughly 20% new.  Beautifully vibrant flavors of ripe pear, caramelled apple, and peach marry perfectly with wonderful acidity.  Whole cluster pressing gives delineated fruit which integrates beautifully with notes of vanilla, mineral and toasted hazelnut.  Finally, the oak is understated by our choice and is in wonderful proportion with the alcohol, fruit and acidity.  Fully mature fruit shows in the mouth; the texture is smooth and silky.  The finish is complex, generous, and long.  And while this wine may be consumed now, it will benefit substantially with a year in bottle and should continue to improve for another several years with proper cellaring.
Ratings
90 POINTS- Jeb Dunnuck 91 POINTS - Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast, This wine is equal parts fruit from Celilo and the winery's Estate vineyard. Seeing a kiss of 20% new oak from Burgundy barrels, the aromas draw you into the glass, with notes of spice, lemon curd, pear, mineral and apple. Sleek, seamless flavors backed by bright, lemony acidity follow. The finish sails into the distance. The balance is exquisite. This one is all about delicacy and restraint but it brings both in abundance. Best from 2020–2025. 90 POINTS - Wine Spectator, “Crisp and lively, with elegant lemon and pear flavors that linger on the long, spicy finish. Drink now."
Vineyard Notes
Vineyards: Celilo Vineyard (50%), Columbia Gorge Appellation and Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (50%), Walla Walla Valley Appellation. Our Estate Walla Walla Valley vineyard is certified Salmon-Safe.
Other Notes
Varietal Composition: 100% chardonnay Production: 327 cases 750ml