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Woodward Canyon Winery

2020 Estate Cabernet Franc

2020 Estate Cabernet Franc
Walla Walla Valley

This is the fourth release of our Walla Walla Valley Estate Cabernet Franc. This wine was produced from grapes grown at Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (Salmon Safe certified) at the western edge of the Walla Walla Valley. Our Estate Cabernet Franc blocks were planted in 1997.

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SKU: 020152
Wine Specs
Cabernet Franc
Walla Walla Valley
Bottling Date
May 24, 2022
Alcohol %
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This garnet red wine begins with wet stone, dried herbs, and brambly fruit notes. It continues with more bramble fruit, dried violets, plum, berry, and subtle tomato vine. It is elegant and opens up beautifully with more time in the glass. Sweet dry tannins create good grip, and subtle fruit and savory aromas show varietal typicity. This wine is balanced enough to enjoy now and with proper cellaring should age well for five to seven years.
93 POINTS- Owen Bargreen: The 2020 ‘Estate’ Cabernet Franc is a beautiful new wine by Woodward Canyon. Black and red florals combine with green herbs, blackberry, and shades of roasted plum. The palate is soft and refined with a silky texture and serious length. Showing good weight, this is a beautiful Cabernet Franc that will cellar well for another ten-plus years. Drink 2022-2032 | 90 POINTS - Wine Advocate: The 2020 Cabernet Franc Estate presents a mineral-driven and red-fruited profile accented by hints of sweet herbs and oak spices. With a medium to full body, the wine offers a focused spiciness with finesse while flavors of dark plum and a kiss of sage dance across the mid-palate. The Cabernet Franc concludes with a fine, mineral-laced finish and lingering a spicy tannic edge. Enjoy with food. |
Vineyard Notes
Planted in 1977, 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%, 750-850 ft. elevation. 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.
Winemaker Notes
Aged in two-year-old French and Hungarian barrels, 20 months
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with grilled lamb, duck confit, or a roasted wild mushroom stew.
Case Production: 433 cases
Other Notes
Varietal composition: 100% Cabernet Franc