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Woodward Canyon Winery

2019 Estate Merlot

2019 Estate Merlot
Walla Walla Valley

100% Estate Woodward Canyon, 100% Merlot

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$52.00
/ 750ml
SKU: 019462
Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Walla Walla Valley
Aging
This wine is generous and balanced enough to enjoy now, yet has the complexity and structure to age well for six years or more.
Bottling Date
June 30, 2021
Alcohol %
14.5
Stephen Tanzer's
92
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The wine shows beautifully with rich fruit, balanced acidity, and fine grained tan-nins. Enticing notes of bramble fruit jam, mellow spiced oak, and leather come forth. The full-bodied mouthfeel leads to complex flavors of black olive, and spice.
Ratings
92 POINTS - Vinous: The 2019 Merlot Estate unveils red cherry candy and boysenberry tones that combine with tobacco leaf, tar, and leather on the palate. Soft and elegant, with beautiful length and refined tannins, this has another 10-15 years to go. Drinking window: 2021 - 2031, Owen Bargreen. Tasting date: October 2021
Vineyard Notes
Established in 1976, Woodward Canyon is the westernmost vineyard in Walla Walla Valley AVA, roughly 15 miles west of Walla Walla Washing-ton. 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.
Production Notes
This 2019 Walla Walla Valley Estate Merlot was produced from grapes grown at Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (Salmon Safe certified) at the western edge of the Walla Walla Valley. This mature south-facing “old vine” vineyard block (Clone 3) is now 24 years of age. The newer Merlot block (Clone 181) is younger but very impressive. 2019 was a warm/dry vintage with Estate Merlot blocks yielding higher than normal ranging from 3.7 - 4.4 tons per acre.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with your favorite creamy pasta dishes or roasted salmon with Brussel Sprouts and lardon.
Production
Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot
Other Notes
Case Production: 267 cases