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Woodward Canyon Winery

2020 Washington State Chardonnay

2020 Washington State Chardonnay

Inspired by the Grand Cru’s of Burgundy, chardonnay was the first wine founder, Rick Small, made as a home winemaker, and it was also the first varietal planted on the Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard. This wine is a blend of two different blocks from our Estate Vineyard – our southeast-facing “old vines” block planted in 1978 and a newer, north-facing block planted in 2011. Produced and bottled at Woodward Canyon Winery.

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SKU: 020042
Wine Specs
Vintage
2020
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Washington
Bottling Date
June 28, 2021
Alcohol %
14.2
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our Washington State Chardonnay is light straw in color and brilliantly clear. Vibrant aromas of cider apple, beeswax, and pear marry perfectly with understated oak creating subtle spice and vanilla notes. Whole cluster pressing gives delineated fruit flavors. The texture and weight create a nice mouthfeel and leave ripe fruit flavors of lemon, peach, and pommes fruit. Acidity and fruit are balanced in proportion. This meticulously made wine is best served well chilled. Proper storage for premium white wines is to cellar them on their side at 55 to 60 degrees and chill to 45 to 48 degrees (depending on the varietal) just prior to serving to avoid the development of tartrate crystals.
Ratings
93 POINTS - James Suckling: Rosemary, lemon zest, and pink grapefruit on the nose. Medium-to full-bodied. Lovely, oily texture with notes of hay and oregano. Ginger, too. Seriously tasty. Drink now. 93 POINTS - Vinous: The brilliant 2020 Chardonnay Washington State is entirely Walla Walla fruit. Rich and opulent on the nose with a soft acid backbone, it shows off pretty vanilla cream, peach, and ripe pineapple flavors and bright minerality. This is sensational stuff by winemaker Kevin Mott, that has a long way to go in the cellar. Double Platinum, 96 points- Great NW Wine Platinum Awards 2021, Gold- Great Northwest Invitational 2021
Vineyard Notes
Vineyards: Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard Established in 1977, Woodward Canyon is the westernmost vineyard in Walla Walla Valley AVA, roughly 15 miles west of Walla Walla Washington. Our southeast-facing chardonnay (Clone 108) blocks were planted in 1977. There are 41 vineyard acres plant-ed 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 in-house by Woodward Canyon.
Winemaker Notes
Barrel fermented in 100% French Sirugue oak, 21% new.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with pan-seared white fish, roasted squash, or game bird. A perfect wine for holiday dinners or large family meals. 
Other Notes
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay