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Woodward Canyon Winery

2018 Estate Reserve

2018 Estate Reserve
Walla Walla Valley

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. It is gratifying to see such amazing quality from our vineyard given the warmth of the vintage.

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SKU: 018222
Wine Specs
Red Blend
Walla Walla Valley
Vineyard Designation
Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard
Bottling Date
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The color is dense and dark. Elegant high toned aromatics of toasty oak and subtle leather from new oak intermingle with notes of graham, savory herbs, and cigar box. The wine has beautifully restrained fruit with our classic Walla Walla structure that provides a nice texture and transitions to a firm and well balanced mouthfeel. There is a distinct “expression” or “sense of place” in this wine. Upon its release; the wine will benefit from more bottle aging and with proper cellaring, this wine should age well for ten years or more.
94+ POINTS, Jeb Dunnuck: The 2018 Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve checks in as 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Syrah, and 5% Malbec, all from the estate vineyard in Walla Walla. With good concentration and medium to full-bodied richness, it has a heady bouquet of black cherries, blueberries, cedary oak, and chocolate, with plenty of background oak as well as building tannins. It’s firm and angular at the moment and mostly potential, yet should round into form with 4-5 years of bottle age. 94 POINTS- Dr. Owen Bargreen: The ‘Estate Reserve’ is a big wine that really needs some air to tame. Truly unique, the final blending was 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Syrah, and 5% Malbec. After a few hours, the wine shows really good viscosity and freshness with dark currants, dried herbs, and black cherry cordial tones, giving this an air of decadence. The beautiful length adds to the enjoyment. Drink 2022-2038 92 POINTS, James Suckling 91 POINTS, The Wine Advocate 19.5/20 POINTS, Highly Recommended- Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wines: This vintage of Woodward Canyon’s Estate Reserve is composed of 59% Cabernet Franc, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot. It presents an opaque ruby color and intoxicating aromas of wild blackberries, black cherries, black currants, crushed black roses, cigar box, juniper berry, sandalwood, black olive, mixed herbs and spiced incense. The flavors are deep and penetrating, with layers of dark fruits that are infused with black licorice, extra dark cocoa, French roast and loam and basalt minerals. On the back, the wine turns vigorous yet satiny, with sensations of macerated fruits, roasted pecans, lanolin (“legs”), kidskin, integrated oak (100% new French for 27 months), all leading seamlessly into a lengthy herb and spice dusted fine grained tannin finish.
Vineyard Notes
Established in 1976, Woodward Canyon is the westernmost vineyard in Walla Walla Valley AVA, roughly 15 miles west of Walla Walla Washington. The 41 vineyard acres planted and several more acres of green belts support native species such as western juniper, ponderosa pine, western sagebrush, arrowleaf balsamroot, and perennial wildflowers. Ritzville silt loam over fractured basalt, slope 15-18%, 750-850ft elevation. Managed by Woodward Canyon. All grapes are Salmon Safe certified as is the wine.
Production Notes
Hand harvested and sorted. 48 hour cold soak, Fermented with Woodward Canyon native yeast in 2 ton stainless steel fermenters. 100% new French Barrels, 27 months
Winemaker Notes
Release Date: March 2021 Case Production: 244 cases
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with pasta, or roasted red meat.
Other Notes
Varietal Composition: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Syrah, 5% Malbec