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Woodward Canyon Winery

2021 Estate Cabernet Franc

2021 Estate Cabernet Franc
Walla Walla Valley

This is the fourth release of our Walla Walla Valley Estate Cabernet Franc. This wine was produced from grapes grown at Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (Salmon Safe certified) at the western edge of the Walla Walla Valley. Our Estate Cabernet Franc blocks were planted in 1997.

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SKU: 021152
Wine Specs
Cabernet Franc
Walla Walla Valley
18 months | 28% of the blend was in new oak and the balance was aged in two and three-year-old barrels
Bottling Date
May 2, 2023
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This garnet red wine begins with dried violet, slate, strawberry jam, red apple and sheepskin. It continues with red plums and a subtle tomato vine on the mouth. Sweet, dry tannins create a good grip, and red fruit and savory aromas show varietal typicity.
95 POINTS- Owen Bargreen: Stored in 30% new French oak, this was native-fermented as this comes from a range of estate blocks. Gorgeous red bell pepper, green peppercorns, anise and violets come into play on the nose. Seamless and soft with great richness and a fantastic core of black fruit flavors, this is elegant, well-balanced Cabernet Franc that will surely live on for another fifteen plus years to come. This might be the finest edition of this wine that I have tasted. Drink 2023-2038 | 93 POINTS, Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast | Welcome to the kitchen, where this Cabernet Franc's boysenberry pie and bacon fat aromas beckon you to pull up a chair. The flavors take a similar trek, with dried cherries and dark chocolate mixing it up with steaks grilled over charcoal. Acidity that will make you think of lemon peels lights it all up. — Michael Alberty | 92 POINTS - Sean Sullivan's NW Wine Report: The aromas bring notes of green and hot jalapeño pepper along with high cacao chocolate and cherry. The dark fruit flavors coat the palate from end to end, full in feel and showing pleasing layering. It’s lovely, though perhaps more reminiscent of a Carménère, leaning into this variety’s greener side. For those who appreciate that aspect of Franc, this wine brings it. | 91 POINTS - Vinous: Fresh herbs and peppery florals give way to dried black cherries as the 2021 Cabernet Franc Estate smolders up from the glass. It flows across the palate with silky textures and ripe red and blue fruits, all beneath an air of violet florals. Juicy acidity maintains marvelous freshness as the 2021 tapers off with outstanding length, framed by a gentle coating of fine tannin. Drink 2024- 2030. - Eric Guido | 90 POINTS - James Suckling: Rich and complex nose of olives, black fruit, sage and dried spices. Some mocha. It’s full-bodied, bold and flavorful, with fine tannins. Warming finish. Drink now or hold. |
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 35 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.
Winemaker Notes
Varietal composition: 100% Cabernet Franc
Food Pairing Notes
Pair it with smoked BBQ beef, Salade de Chêvre Chaud, or spicy vegetarian chili.
Case Production: 435 cases
Other Notes
This wine is balanced enough to enjoy now and, with proper cellaring, should age well for five to seven years. Store and serve at cellar temperature.