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Woodward Canyon Winery

2021 Estate Merlot

2021 Estate Merlot
Walla Walla Valley

100% Estate Woodward Canyon, 100% Merlot

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SKU: 021462
Wine Specs
Walla Walla Valley
Enjoy now, but this wine has the complexity and structure to age well for at least six years.
Bottling Date
May 2, 2023
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Bold aromas of red currant and plum mingle with hints of cedar and aromas reminiscent of freshly turned earth after a summer rain. A full-bodied mouthfeel delivers complex flavors of fig, interlaced with berries and earthy undertones. The wine is well structured with a nice balance of tannin and acidity.
94 POINTS- Owen Bargreen: The 2021 ‘Merlot’ was stored in 40% new French oak before bottling. 100% varietal, this offers a smooth texture with red bell pepper, milk chocolate, anise, and shades of black licorice on the palate. Salty and savory, with a soft mouthfeel, this is absolutely delicious right now. Drink 2023-2036 | 93 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast: Subtle acidity and plush tannins make for a smooth and easy sip, with rich flavors of dark plums, pie crust dough and black coffee. The wine's aromas offer a sweet and floral combination of plumeria, ripe raspberries, cigar box and sugar cookies. The word “scrumptious” comes to mind here. — Michael Alberty | 93 POINTS- International Wine Report: Barrel fermented in 33% new French & Hungarian oak for 20 months, the 2021 Estate Merlot from Woodward Canyon showcases a glistening medium ruby core with a light red rim. Earthy and herbaceous to start, with a noticeable smokiness that blows off with time, it then gives flavors of black cherries, blue plums, scorched earth, and cedary herbs. Drink now. |
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%, 750-850ft elevation. Managed by Woodward Canyon. All grapes are Salmon Safe certified as is the wine.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with baked pasta dishes, grilled cheeseburgers, or roasted Italian peppers and sausage.
Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot
Other Notes
Case Production: 319