This wine is deep purple in color with aromatics of bacon, smoky roasted meat, and ripe cherry. In the mouth, there are flavors of vanilla and ripe black fruits that evolve nicely into a smooth mouthfeel, and a classic Walla Walla character. This a delightfully intriguing red wine that clearly shows a distinct sense of place. Its ripe fruit and acidity make it a very food-worthy wine to be enjoyed with Mediterranean cuisine. The wine will benefit from more bottle aging and with proper cellaring, this wine should age well for up to ten years.
Established in 1976, Woodward Canyon is the westernmost vineyard in Walla Walla Valley AVA, roughly 15 miles west of Walla Walla Washington. There are 41 vineyard acres planted and several more acres of green belts that 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. All grapes are Salmon Safe certified as is the wine.
Hand harvested and sorted. 48 hour cold soak. Fermented with Woodward Canyon native yeast in 2 ton stainless steel fermenters. 44% new French Barrels, 23 months.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy with Mediterranean cuisine.
Case Production: 233 cases
Varietal composition: 37% Syrah, 32% Mourvèdre, 31% Grenache