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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 5 
ProducerWoodward Canyon (web)
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationColumbia Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2012 (based on 1 user opinion)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.9 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 17 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Weston3220 on 12/7/2012 & rated 89 points: Intoixcating nose, of rich fruits [not candy] with exotic spices of sandalwood with some roased meaty backgroud nnotes
Med+ Acid, Med+ Body, Med+ tannins, long finish
Red fruit Rich,

Conc: This wine was pretty damn good even tho it may have come across as one dimensional on the palate it DID it well, and had so much structure that it was very very enjoyable, I'd buy again for suree (1523 views)
 Tasted by juneau bob on 10/14/2011 & rated 91 points: Initial nose of licorice quickly opened up to toasted oak, pepper, caramel and cinnamon. Medium body. Mild tannins and lingering finish. A real pleasure on its own or with chile cheese squares. (1888 views)
 Tasted by gbardy on 7/10/2011 & rated 93 points: Plummy, dense perfect Walla Walla merlot. A beautiful version of a fruit bomb. (2040 views)
 Tasted by BRR on 6/21/2010 & rated 89 points: Not decanted. I think this would actually benefit from another year or two. The aromatics were very nice, pretty, with rose-tinged cherry. The wine really tightened up after nearly an hour in the glass, but still let forth some of the suave yet focused and vibrant fruit that I think characterizes so much of what Woodward Canyon does best. (2442 views)
 Tasted by ethralls on 1/4/2010 & rated 88 points: Coffee bean and vanilla on the nose. Cherries and blackberries on the palate and medium spice (2561 views)
 Tasted by Venezia on 12/21/2009 & rated 86 points: decent but nothing spectacular. A little tight. (1660 views)
 Tasted by GoKimiGo on 12/20/2009 & rated 89 points: Really nice and well done Merlot - very enjoyable - very smooth - nicely balanced blackberry and strawberry and velvety but just not worth $35 per bottle. (1657 views)
 Tasted by subtlet on 8/30/2009 & rated 87 points: Walla Walla Visit, End of Summer 2009; 8/29/2009-8/30/2009 (Walla Walla, Washington): Leather and dust wrap up ripe blackberry scents on this wine. On the palate, a gentle start builds into strawberry flavors and tannic structure that rises up. Everything fades away on the finish, with some balanced oak flavors being the last to go. (2155 views)
 Tasted by FW&W on 8/14/2009 & rated 88 points: You can tell that this is a well made wine. The nose was pretty tight and you could smell some dark fruit and pencil. The wine is pretty complex and well integrated. Even after 1.5 hours it still wasn't opening up too much. This definately needs time in the cellar. (1710 views)
 Tasted by PBDawg on 7/1/2009 & rated 88 points: Same as before. (1690 views)
 Tasted by PBDawg on 6/26/2009 & rated 88 points: On the nose it's got a nice chocolate/blackberry/slight strawberry essence. Even a touch of earthy/leathery aroma. On the palate, it's a firm wine with a solid complexity. Drank the first glass out shortly after opening, but also decanted for later. The first glass had rich, ripe red fruits and a solid tannins to finish. This would be a great wine with burgers, steak, or even a hearty risotto. I like this wine a lot and found it through a Northwest wineries tasting event at a local wine shop. (1678 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2009, IWC Issue #147
(Woodward Canyon Winery Merlot Columbia Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Sean Sullivan
Washington Wine Report (12/24/2010)
(Woodward Canyon Merlot Columbia Valley) An aromatic wine with toasty oak spices, butterscotch, and cherries. Palate boasts a lot of fruit but has a bit of a bight toward the finish. 81% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Syrah. Weinbau, Woodward Canyon Estate, Sagemoor, and DuBrul vineyards. 14.6% alcohol. 623 cases produced.  ***  points
By Gary Vaynerchuk
Wine Library TV, American Merlot Blind Tasting, Episode #718 (8/11/2009)
(Woodward Canyon Merlot) Cork'd Bottle and, therefore, DQ'd from the Blind Tasting; WE-94; GV-No Score
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Woodward Canyon

Producer website
Located in the Walla Walla Valley appellation of Washington State, Woodward Canyon Winery was started in 1981 by Rick Small and his wife, Darcey Fugman-Small. Since that time, the winery has consistently produced premium, award-winning cabernet sauvignons and merlots as well as chardonnays. Early on Rick determined that quality would take precedence over quantity. Consequently, Woodward Canyon has remained small, increasing its production from 1,200 cases in 1981 to our current production of about 17,000 cases. About 7,000 of this total production is Nelms Road, Woodward Canyon's second label.
Woodward Canyon is a founding member of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance and of Walla Walla Valley Vinea, the Winegrower's Sustainable Trust. Woodward Canyon Winery is located in Lowden, about 13 miles west of Walla Walla, Washington. Our tasting room is a restored 1870's farmhouse.


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Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley Winery Association

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