Wine Advocate Woodward Canyon Winery, 2014 Woodward Chardonnay Washington State
"An incredibly impressive white, Woodward Canyon's 2014 Chardonnay was barrel fermented and aged in 20% new French oak, with partial malolactic fermentation. It has a beautifully classy, medium-bodied, refreshing, yet also textured style to go with lots of ripe apple, citrus blossom, brioche and vanilla aromas and flavors. It's rock solid and I suspect will age gracefully for 4-5 years" –Jun-16
Vinous Woodward Canyon Winery, 2014 Woodward Chardonnay Washington State
"(51% from Celilo vineyard fruit planted in 1972, which is harvested up 45 days later than Woodward Canyon's estate Chardonnay near Walla Walla; made in tight-grained, air-dried barriques, 20% new, with partial malolactic fermentation and no lees stirring): Bright yellow. Fresh nectarine, lemon, spice and honeyed oak on the nose, along with riper hints of guava and mango. Silky and rich but quite dry, with the wine's hint of tropical fruit character nicely leavened by solid minerality and refreshed by lemony acidity. The Celilo soil is reddish sand and clay with iron oxide, notes winemaker Mott, while on the estate it's more talcum powder-like windblown loess. The pH is a rather high 3.6 owing to the warmth of the home vineyard, but Mott noted that the Chardonnay vines here are planted along an east-west access to avoid the hottest direct afternoon sun. Mott told me that this Chardonnay typically gets nutty in about four years, but noted that a lot of Woodward Canyon customers prefer the wine when it tastes more like old Burgundy."
SF International Wine Competition Woodward Canyon Winery, 2014 Woodward Chardonnay Washington State