Monday, January 20, 2014

February for Foodies


During the month of February, indulge in tasty chocolates while exploring a flight of Woodward Canyon’s finest red wines ($15 non refundable). February's special tasting option will include three, two ounce pours, of Woodward Canyon's fine wines paired with three of Bright's Candies indulging chocolates. Treat your sweetheart this February and create an unforgettable experience at Woodward Canyon.
For more information, please contact the tasting room at (509) 525-4129.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Best of Class- San Francisco Chronical Wine Competition

"Walla Walla Valley icon Woodward Canyon of Lowden, Wash., earned best of class in the Chardonnay $40-and-over class for its 2012 Washington State Chardonnay ($44) — a particularly impressive showing among the entries from California.
“The biggest thing here is that we’ve never made the wine to win awards, but we’ve made it to be compatible with foods, and as a farmer, I’m also looking to respect the sense of place where the grapes came from,” said Rick Small, owner and founding winemaker." To read more about Woodward Canyon in the Washington Wine Tops San Francisco Chronicle Competition article, written by Andy Perdue, please click here.

Woodward Canyon's 2011 "Artist Series" Cabernet Sauvignon won Double Gold and the 2010 Columbia Valley Merlot won Silver.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Rand Sealey Reviews

 2012 Woodward Canyon Estate Dolcetto, Walla Walla Valley ($26)
Fermented in stainless steel, this Dolcetto shows wonderful fruit. It displays a deep purplish color and aromas of blueberry, cherry and plum that jump out of the glass, with scents of black roses and anise. The young red fruit flavors are ripe and vibrant, intermixed with cocoa, mocha and earthy minerals. On the back, the fruits turn sweetish (“dolce”), yet dry, with notes of dried cherries and roasted nuts, followed by a squeeze of tart blueberry juice and a dusting of baking spices on the generous smooth tannin finish. 18.5/20 points.

2011 Woodward Canyon “20th Anniversary Artist’s Series” Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State ($59)
Composed of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot, this shows a deep ruby color and a rich nose of blackberry, cherry, cassis, and black olive, with scents of crushed roses, cigar box, juniper berries and sage. On the palate, the flavors are deliciously supple, yet deep cored, underlain with licorice, bittersweet chocolate, French roast and minerally earth. The back reveals squeezed berries, roasted nuts, mocha, kirsch liqueur and crème de cassis, followed by a fine balance of fruit acids, deft oak, and subtle spices on the lingering finish. 19+/20 points.

2010 Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley ($79)
This is an archetypal Walla Walla blend of 41% Merlot, 31% Petit Verdot, and 14% each of Cab Sauvignon and Cab Franc. It displays a deep crimson color and a seductive nose of blackberry, huckleberry, cherry and cassis with scents of crushed black roses, juniper berry, sweet pipe tobacco, and black violets. The flavors are as sensuous as the aromatics, with the lavish dark fruits interwoven with licorice, finely ground cocoa powder, French roast and loam and gravel earth. The back reveals gently squeezed fruits, kirsch liqueur, and touches of dried orange peel, toast, butternut and toffee, and integrated oak, followed by a seemingly endless fine grained tannin finish. 19.5/20 points.