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Woodward Canyon Winery

2020 Estate Merlot

2020 Estate Merlot
Walla Walla Valley

100% Estate Woodward Canyon, 100% Merlot

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/ 750ml
SKU: 020462
Wine Specs
Walla Walla Valley
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
May 13, 2022
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Robert Parker
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine shows beautifully, with rich high toned fruit, balanced acidity and great proportion. Enticing notes of black cherry, spiced oak, and leather come forth on the nose. A full-bodied mouthfeel leads to complex flavors of black fruit, mocha and earth.
94 POINTS - International Wine Report: Ruby in color and carrying an expressive nose of tart plum and juniper, the 2020 Woodward Canyon Estate Merlot is a wonderful expression of this varietal. Spending 20 months in 47% new French and Hungarian oak, it possesses a settled, balanced and soft profile. Morello cherries, milk chocolate and mild espresso beans hit you upon entry, all enveloped by an ample and fine tannic structure. With time in the glass, licorice and bittersweet cocoa emerge. It held its structure and backbone through the bold and long finish, continuing to showcase cherries and chocolate. It never budged an inch along the way during the entire process. Give this wine a year or two of cellaring and then enjoy for 15 years or more. | 93 POINTS & Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast | 93 POINTS - Owen Bargreen: The 2020 ‘Estate’ Merlot is a dense and chewy 100% varietal bottling by winemaker Kevin Mott that has some great aging potential. Cocoa powder and dense black fruits combine with clay soils on the nose. The palate is soft and inviting with great stuffing and flavor density. Finishing long with serious length, enjoy this beauty over the next ten-plus years. Drink 2022-2033 | 91 POINTS - Wine Advocate: The 2020 Estate Merlot exhibits classic aromas in the glass with dusty plum skin notes accompanied by earthy red flowers. It reveals a tight, tannic edge on the palate and concludes with a lingering and spicy finish. This is an approachable and well-made wine offering great value for the price. Give it a try.
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%, 750-850ft elevation. Managed by Woodward Canyon. All grapes are Salmon Safe certified as is the wine.
Production Notes
This 2020 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. The mature south-facing “old vine” vineyard block (Clone 3) is now 25 years of age. The newer Merlot block (Clone 181) is younger but very impressive. 2020 was a warm/dry vintage with Estate Merlot blocks yielding lower than normal ranging from 1.6 - 2.6 tons per acre.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with your favorite roasted pork tenderloin or roasted chicken.
Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot
Other Notes
Case Production: 397 cases