94 POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck: The 2020 Estate Reserve checks in as a blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, and the rest equal parts Malbec and Petit Verdot. Its saturated purple/plum hue is followed by terrific aromatics of ripe black fruits, smoked tobacco, chocolate, and truffly earth. Balanced, medium to full-bodied, and nicely concentrated, with a great finish, it's a beautiful wine in the vintage.
94 POINTS - Owen Bargreen: The 2020 ‘Estate Reserve’ Red Wine blends 35% Cabernet Sauvignon with 29% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc with a touch of Malbec and Petit Verdot that was all stored in 100% French oak. The palate is very soft and refined with lovely herbal and graphite tones alongside Asian spices, black currant jelly, and coffee grounds with firm tannins holding things brilliantly in place. This has some serious aging potential. Drink 2023-2040.
92 POINTS - James Suckling
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.
Hand harvested and sorted. 48 hour cold soak, Fermented with Woodward Canyon
native yeast in 2 ton stainless steel fermenters.
100% New French oak, 20 months
Release Date: March 2023 Case Production: 399 cases
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with baked pasta dishes or seared pastured beef loin.
Varietal Composition: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot