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Woodward Canyon Winery

2020 Estate Merlot-Cabernet Franc

2020 Estate Merlot-Cabernet Franc
Walla Walla Valley

This 2020 Walla Walla Valley Estate Merlot - Cabernet Franc was crafted as a collaboration between Vineyard Manager and Second Generation Owner, Sager Small, and Winemaker, Kevin Mott. Sager wanted to produce a special bottle to celebrate the birth of his daughter, who arrived just in time for the 2020 harvest. In essence a field blend created from two adjacent blocks at our Estate Vineyard, this wine is 75% Merlot Northeast Block and 25% Cabernet Franc Clone 214. Sager, a longtime appreciator of Cabernet Franc, wanted to show its subtle fruit and savory character while using the tannin and body of the Merlot to create a balanced, nuanced wine more than capable of cellaring. This wine saw no new oak, so the typicity of each grape and unique locale are allowed to shine. Dedicated to the daughters.

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SKU: 020562
Wine Specs
Red Blend
Walla Walla Valley
Bottling Date
May 24, 2022
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
On the nose, aromas of dusty plum with a wild Cabernet Franc bouquet of licorice, gravel, herb, incense, and slight pyrazine. The palette follows with enticing flavors of black currant, dark berry, and plum. There is a very light oak expression. This Right bank inspired wine combines the savory aromas of the Cabernet Franc with plum tannins and the fullness of the Merlot. This wine exemplifies the warm 2020 vintage and the unique weather that defined it. Decant to drink now, but can be held for 10-15 years.
Production Notes
Hand harvested and sorted. 48 hour cold soak. Fermented with Woodward Canyon native yeast in 1.5-ton stainless steel fermenters. 100% neutral French barrels, 20 months
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with Asian-style pork chops, or lamb chops with creamy roasted garlic aioli on the side.
Case Production: 198 cases
Other Notes
Varietal composition: 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc