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Woodward Canyon Winery

2020 Estate Reserve

2020 Estate Reserve
Walla Walla Valley

This 2020 Walla Walla Valley Estate Reserve was produced from grapes grown at Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (Salmon Safe certified) at the western edge of the Walla Walla Valley. This wine is always produced from our finest Estate Vineyard lots and exemplifies the best of our unique location. It is very satisfying to produce such a classic Walla Walla Valley red wine. 

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SKU: 020222
Wine Specs
Red Blend
Walla Walla Valley
Vineyard Designation
Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard
Bottling Date
May 24, 2022
Alcohol %
Robert Parker
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Intensely ruby, this elegant wine exhibits high toned aromatics with vanilla, spice, and cedar from new oak that intermingles with cassis, black cherry, black fruits, and dried herbs. This deeply concentrated and generous wine has ripe fruit with our classic Walla Walla structure that provides a nice texture and transitions to a well-balanced mouthfeel. The wine will benefit from more bottle aging, and with proper cellaring, this wine should age well for a decade or more.
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 - Wine Advocate: A blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot,24% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec and 6% Petit Verdot, the 2020 Estate Reserve presents a profile of dusty dark fruit aromas with a firm nose, complemented by oak spices and hints of black tea and roasted coffee bean. Full-bodied, the wine displays layers balanced by a tannic structure with succulent acidity and a fresh herbal framework that follows through to the finish, lingering with a spicy aftertaste. The wine aged exclusively in 100% new French barrels for 20 months. 4,788 bottles produced. | 92 POINTS - James Suckling |
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. 100% New French oak, 20 months
Winemaker Notes
Release Date: March 2023 Case Production: 399 cases
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with moussaka or heavy vegetarian casseroles.
Other Notes
Varietal Composition: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot