Woodward Canyon Nelms Road Merlot 1998

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

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Item No. 9593
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Winemaker's Notes

The wine is predominantly press wine from our 1998 Woodward Canyon merlot production. In several cases there is wine added from very young vineyards, or wine that may have come from a vineyard that we felt was over cropped. In any event, this effort at declassification is your assurance that we are always striving for higher quality.

This wine was harvested at an average brix of 24. A slower, longer ripening gave lively balance to a deeply fruited wine, rich with cherry, cassis, and chocolate. The wine was fermented in small stainless steel tanks and punched down or pumped over three times per day. This merlot was aged in two-thirds French oak and one-third American oak. While this wine is of medium body, it will match up very nicely with wood oven roasted chicken and pasta. There is ample fruit to age this wine comfortably for five or more years but I believe it will be best enjoyed young.

Learn About Woodward Canyon Map ItMap It

Woodward Canyon Winery was founded by Rick Small in 1981. He is currently soul-searching on the subject of terroir. Debating the suitability of certain varietals to certain vineyard plots has become a quandary. On the one hand, the grapes growing there do fine and are the basis for extremely successful wines (Chardonnay, mostly); on the other, would Merlot or Cabernet Franc provide even more exciting character? The evolution of the Northwest wine industry continues.

Learn About Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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