This wine is dark red with enticing aromas of Christmas fruit cake, and notes of graham. An elegant but firm mouthfeel begins with plum, herbs, and a slight olive character that finishes with baking spice and graphite/pencil. The forward tannins and oak integrate beautifully with generous fruit. The wine shows great proportion and is quite sophisticated.
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. Managed by Woodward Canyon. All grapes are Salmon Safe certified, as is the wine.
All grapes were harvested by hand and sorted prior to crushing. This wine was fermented in 2000 liter stainless steel tanks and gently punched down twice a day. After pressing and settling, this wine went directly to French chateau barrels for additional aging and maturation.
Food Pairing Notes
Pairs well with braised oxtail or beef cheeks.
Varietal Composition: 100% Woodward Canyon. 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot