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Woodward Canyon Winery

2022 Washington State Chardonnay

2022 Washington State Chardonnay
Washington State

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: 022042
Wine Specs
Vintage
2022
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Washington
Bottling Date
April 13, 2023
Alcohol %
13.8
Wine Enthusiast
91
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our Washington State Chardonnay is medium lemon in color and brilliantly clear. Vibrant aromas of white floral, crushed apple, seashell, 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 pleasant mouthfeel and leave ripe fruit flavors of lemon, peach, and pome fruit. Acidity and fruit are balanced and in proportion. This meticulously made wine is best served well chilled.
Ratings
94 POINTS - Owen Bargreen: The 2022 ‘Washington State’ Chardonnay comes from Wente clone estate plantings that date back to 1977. Stored in 20% new French oak, this is another seriously good Woodward Chardonnay bottling from this slightly cooler vintage. Juicy nectarine, vanilla cream, roasted pineapple, and shades of Macadamia nut all emerge on the palate, with great underlying finesse. Extremely well-balanced, this is a joy to consume right now. Drink 2023-2033 Double Gold- SIP Magazine's Best of the Northwest Wine Competition, November 2023
Vineyard Notes
100% 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. 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. Managed in-house by Woodward Canyon.
Production Notes
5-1/2 months in barrel. Barrel fermented in 100% French Sirugue oak, 20% new. No malolactic fermentation.
Winemaker Notes
Proper storage for quality 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.
Food Pairing Notes
Pairs well with roasted poultry or creamy pasta dishes.
Production
706 cases
Other Notes
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay