Jeb Dunnuck
Woodward Canyon Winery, 2012 Woodward Canyon Estate Red

"The 2012 Estate Reserve is a smoking wine that savvy readers should be lining up to get a hold of. Inky colored, with flat-out killer notes of black currants, smoked herbs, scorched earth, graphite and lead pencil shavings, it reminds me a of a great vintage of Latour. Full-bodied, concentrated, yet impeccably balanced, it has the structure, balance and purity to keep for 2-3 decades. Bravo!"
Wine Enthusiast
Woodward Canyon Winery, 2012 Woodward Canyon Estate Red

"This blend is near-equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon along with a healthy dollop of Petit Verdot (18%). It shows a mix of fruit and savory elements, with notes of potting soil, green coffee bean, mocha, fresh herbs, licorice, generous barrel spices and red and black fruits showing more with each swirl. The fruit and chocolate flavors are dense and rich, with bright acids and a firm core of tannins. The balance is spot-on and the finish lingers. It drinks beautifully now but you can expect it to age for another 20 years."
–Mar 2016
SF International Wine Competition
Woodward Canyon Winery, 2012 Woodward Canyon Estate Red


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2012 Woodward Canyon Estate Red
Woodward Canyon Winery

28% Merlot
27% Cabernet Sauvignon
27% Cabernet Franc
18% Petit Verdot

VINEYARD The Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard is located three miles north of the winery in Lowden, Washington. The vineyard was first planted in 1977 on third generation family land previously utilized for cattle and wheat production. It is planted predominantly to cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc. There are various experimental northern Italian and Provence varieties planted as well.

All grapes are sustainably grown at Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard. In the fall of 2008, the vineyard became certified, a two year certification process, by the International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC) via Low Input Viticulture and Enology LIVE and Vinea, the Walla Walla Valley Winegrowers’ Sustainable Trust. The IOBC was established in 1955 to promote environmentally safe methods of pest and disease control in plant protection. The vineyard is also designated as Salmon Safe. Minimal drip irrigation is utilized and yields are typically in the 2 ton per acre range.

SOIL Ritzville silt loam over fractured basalt

WINEMAKING This wine is fermented in small 2000 liter open top tanks with native yeast and is punched down two times per day. After pressing, this wine went directly to new French chateau barrels for maturation and development.

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