2010 Woodward Canyon Merlot


  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 11

  • cincybt Likes this wine: 91 points

    March 14, 2019 - Such a nice wine. The red fruit is just about gone, but still has high acidity that's nicely integrated with dark fruit overtones. Classic NW mid-palate of cedar, tobacco, and roasted kale with a smoky, earthy finish. My last bottle - but I know where to find more.

  • wrote: 91 points

    February 27, 2019 - Day 1: Heavy on the spice, ripe cherries, oak, vanilla and crushed rock. Again it is the finish of this alcoholic mess of a wine. Charred Bourbon Barrels. Not any better than the last bottle.
    Day 2: Might be the strangest wine experience of my life. First bottle of this was almost undrinkable. This one no different. Day 2 finally getting to a classic Washington State Merlot. Subtle funk with tar, shoe leather, spices, minerals and mocha. Really rich and intense wine with 8 years of age. This is why I was so excited to pick this up in the first place. Drinking well on day 2 which tells me these have some years of cellaring. 90 points.
    Day 3: Leather, red currants, earth, spice and oak. Medium plus finish. Very concentrated wine and would go really well with a steak. 91 points
    Recommendation: Let these sleep for a while. If you drink these on day 1 you will be disappointed from the batch I purchased locally in Minneapolis for $21.

  • wrote: 82 points

    February 22, 2019 - Big Top Closeout Deal Wines; 11/22/2018-2/24/2019 (Minneapolis/ St. Paul MN): Day 1: Menthol, roasted coffee beans, dark fruits and cedar. High tannins at the moment. Really dry wine and will need some time. Score withheld for now as a heavy decant is in order for this wine. NR
    Day 2: Put this pour through the Vinturi and it has sat in the glass for 3 hours to try and open this tight wine up. Spices, wood, cherry and mint. The finish is hard to swallow as it tastes like this wine is from a charred Bourbon barrel. This wine is not impressing me at all. I normally love Washington State Merlot but the finish is hard to swallow. Gut impression. 81 points
    Day 2.5: Trying to beat some quality descriptors out of this wine. The latest pour is starting to show some cherry, plum but still has a lot of spice, cinnamon and charred Bourbon barrel. Maybe a point better. 82 points
    Day 3: Getting some more fruit but again this charred Bourbon barrel impact. I am hoping this is an off bottle as I have 5 more of these but this is no where near the 91 average on cellar tracker. 82 points
    I will revisit on day 4 and 5 to see if anything has changed but can't imagine this wine needing 9 years to open up.
    Day 4: Softer wine but still lacks fruit. This wine is not flawed but heavy on spices and the charred oak. Not sure if this wine will improve over time. I hope so as I have 5 more bottles. 82 points
    Recommendation: Easy pass on this one. I will probably open another one soon and if it is similar returning the rest.

  • TallMikeWine Likes this wine: 92 points

    October 9, 2018 - Candied black cherry, really rich, finish for days......oh, I love Woodward Canyon!

  • iByron Likes this wine: 89 points

    January 11, 2018 - Dark, glass-clinging garnet red-purple. Nose of boysenberry syrup and pie crust, echoed on the palate with a bit of ash. Full body, medium plus tannins, and medium long finish. Another great Washington Merlot (though the alcohol is a wee bit high). Perfect with my beef stew.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2013, IWC Issue #171 (link)

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  • Report 38: The Wines of Washington State, 9/1/2013 (link)

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  • By Sean Sullivan
    12/5/2013 (link) **** points

    (Woodward Canyon Merlot Columbia Valley) Aromatically closed up with brooding notes of spicy oak, coffee, plum, chocolate, and red currant. The palate is exuberant with a mixture of cranberry, cherry, and red fruit with chewy tannins and fresh acid. Give two years. 98% Merlot, 2% Grenache. Weinbau (71%) and Woodward Canyon Estate vineyards. 14.9% alcohol. 619 cases produced.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2010
  • Type Red
  • Producer Woodward Canyon
  • Varietal Merlot
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Columbia Valley

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  • In Cellars 36 (37%)
  • Consumed 61 (63%)

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