The Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve is always produced from our finest Estate Vineyard lots. It is very satisfying to produce such a classic Walla Walla Valley red wine. It is gratifying to see such amazing quality from our vineyard given the warmth of the vintage.
This 2019 Walla Walla Valley Estate Merlot was produced from grapes grown at Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (Salmon Safe certified) at the western edge of the Walla Walla Valley. This mature south-facing “old vine” vineyard block (Clone 3) is now 24 years of age. The newer Merlot block (Clone 181) is younger but very impressive. 2019 was a warm/dry vintage with Estate Merlot blocks yielding higher than normal ranging from 3.7 - 4.4 tons per acre.
Inspired by the Grand Cru’s of Burgundy, chardonnay was the first wine founder Rick Small made as a home winemaker. It was also the first varietal planted on the Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard in 1977 which now could easily qualify as “old vines” at over 40 years of age. Since 1992, we have also sourced from the 1980 blocks of Celilo Vineyard that we combine with our estate fruit to produce our Washington State Chardonnay.
In 1998, Woodward Canyon Winery began producing wines under its second label, Nelms Road. Nelms Road offers a Cabernet Sauvignon produced from Walla Walla Valley and Washington State grapes. It was developed to produce delicious and affordable red wine from younger vineyards and surplus lots of Woodward Canyon production. While this wine was produced to be enjoyed now, it will improve with additional time in bottle. With proper storage this wine should easily age five years or longer.
This is the second release of our Walla Walla Valley Estate Cabernet Franc. This wine was produced from grapes grown at Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (Salmon Safe certified) at the western edge of the Walla Walla Valley. Our Estate Cabernet Franc block was planted in 1997.
Woodward Canyon has been growing and producing Barbera for twenty years, making the vines among the oldest in Washington State. This Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard Barbera was produced from blending two very distinct clones.
In honor of our 40th Anniversary, founder Rick Small was inspired to create this one-of-a-kind wine to showcase two different yet equally excellent vineyard sites. This very special wine is a 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from Champoux Vineyard and Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard. The Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the oldest Cabernet blocks at both vineyards, with an average vine age of 35+ years. The average yield between these two vineyards was less than one and a half tons per acre, creating a dark dense wine with amazing texture and balance.
The Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve is always produced from our finest Estate Vineyard lots. It is very satisfying to produce such a classic Walla Walla Valley red wine. The Estate Vineyard has nearly always been a rather low yielding property and 2014 was no different with an average yield of around 2.9 tons per acre. It is gratifying to see such amazing quality from our vineyard given the warmth of the vintage.
This “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from grapes selected from some of the finest and most highly regarded vineyards in Washington State and the Walla Walla Valley. Each produces fantastic wine in their own right; when blended they produce extraordinary wine.