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WTN: 2005 Woodward Canyon Estate Red

by Jim Grow » Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:49 pm

I opened this singleton with eggplant parmesan and it was quite excellent. Deep purple with a slight brick color at the rim, the nose was full of dusty mulberry and light plum. The palate lost the dusty quality but retained the fruit notes adding a hint of cinnamon, all enveloped by great smoothish tannins. I think this wine is still 3-5 years from peak but very enjoyable now. The blend was 68% Merlot,15% Cab. Franc, 11% Cab. Savuignon and 6% P.V. I guess this might quality for the November Wine Focus. Lots of chunky sediment and abv of 14.4%. Hey Jenise, I figure you have been there so; is there an actual canyon named Woodward where the winery is located? I only ask as I love gorges/canyons/cliffs/water falls etc. and this may spur me on to get out to beautiful Walla Walla some day.
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Re: WTN: 2005 Woodward Canyon Estate Red

by Jenise » Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:47 pm

Jim,

Woodward Canyon is one of my favorite WA producers and so it's no surprise to me that you enjoyed the wine. I've only visited once, and below is a picture from that trip. The winery is as beautifully down to earth and unpretentious as the wines are. And yes, there IS actually a Woodward Canyon about three-four miles from the winery itself where owner/winemaker Rick Small's family has had property for years, though I'm told it's rather bitty. The estate vineyards were planted there in the 70's.

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