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Woodward Canyon Winery

2019 Washington State Chardonnay

2019 Washington State Chardonnay

Inspired by the Grand Cru’s of Burgundy, chardonnay was the first wine founder Rick Small made as a home winemaker. It was also the first varietal planted on the Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard in 1977 which now could easily qualify as “old vines” at over 40 years of age. Since 1992, we have also sourced from the 1980 blocks of Celilo Vineyard that we combine with our estate fruit to produce our Washington State Chardonnay. Produced and bottled at Woodward Canyon Winery.

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SKU: 019042
Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Washington
Bottling Date
July 10, 2020
Alcohol %
14.0
Stephen Tanzer's
91
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Beautiful vibrant aromas of peach, melon, and light starfruit notes marry perfectly with the beautifully understated oak creating a subtle spice and vanilla. Whole cluster pressing gives delineated fruit flavors. The texture and weight create a very nice mouthfeel and leave ripe fruit flavors of nectarine, peach, and apple. The crisp acidity is balanced with the fruit creating good proportion.
Ratings
91+ POINTS- Stephen Tanzer: Bright pale yellow. An element of herbal piquancy lifts the aromas of nectarine, lemon zest, and minerals complicated by vanillin oak and flowers. Dense and silky but still quite tightly coiled, with its lightly saline citrus peel, menthol, and white pepper flavors calling for a year of patience. Pristine, energetic, and built to age. Smooth and savory on the subtly building back end, but hardly lacking in fruit sweetness. (partial malolactic fermentation)
Vineyard Notes
Vineyards: Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (83%) Established in 1976, Woodward Canyon is the westernmost vineyard in Walla Walla Valley AVA, roughly 15 miles west of Walla Walla Washington. Our southeast-facing chardonnay (Clone 108) blocks were planted in 1977. There are 41 vineyard acres plant-ed 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 in house by Woodward Canyon. Celilo Vineyard (17%) The Celilo Vineyard’s location in the Columbia Gorge AVA is considered sub-alpine, sitting on the cusp of a wetter maritime climate to the west and the high desert to the east. Soils from the extinct volcanic cone of Underwood Mountain are deep and retain moisture well, allowing the vines to survive without irrigation. The vines’ deep roots bring concentration and minerality to the wine, and the high levels of natural acidity bring balance to the wines. Woodward Canyon has been using the 1980 Chardonnay (Wente Clone) blocks since the early 1990s. 800-1200ft elevation.
Winemaker Notes
Best of Class & Gold, 2020 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition
Food Pairing Notes
This nicely made wine is best served well chilled and paired with seafood such as Columbia River steelhead or smoked Idaho Kokanee trout.
Other Notes
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay