2021 Estate Barbera
Walla Walla Valley
Woodward Canyon has been growing and producing Barbera for over twenty years, making the vines among the oldest in Washington State.
40 In Stock
Walla Walla Valley
June 22, 2023
This wine is a beautiful, deep garnet color. A nose of dried cherries, strawberry fruit leather, rose petal and dried oregano are followed by flavors of ripe blackberry and licorice on the palate. This Barbera shows an impeccable concentration of fruit and balance with refreshing acidity. Serve at cellar temperature. Best to enjoy now but with proper cellaring can age up to five years from vintage.
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. All grapes are Salmon Safe certified as is the wine.
Woodward Canyon has been growing and producing Barbera for over twenty years, making the vines among the oldest in Washington State. 2021 was an exceptionally warm dry vintage. A spring frost reduced the crop producing very low final yields. This 100% Woodward Canyon Estate Barbera was produced from two clones of Barbera; Clone CVT 171 (we refer to this as the Italia) and clone FPS2 (Rauscedo 6), which we refer to as the "American" since it came through the UC Davis FPS program. The grapes were hand sorted and then destemmed to 1.0-ton and 1.5-ton open top fermenters. Grapes underwent a 48-hour cold soak followed by inoculation with Prise de Mousse yeast. Daily punchdowns were done by hand, twice a day. After 7 days on the grape skins, the wine was drained and pressed to 59-gallon barrels to finish yeast fermentation followed by malolactic fermentation.
Food Pairing Notes
The wine is perfect for Bolognese, BBQ ribs, and roasted mushroom dishes.
Release Date: July 2023, Production: 72 cases
Varietal Composition: 100% Barbera