Woodward Canyon Nelms Road Merlot 2004

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

Item No. 86439
  • red wine
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Winemaker's Notes

Vinification: The 2004 Nelms Road Merlot was produced from grapes grown at younger vineyards, several declassified lots of wine, and a significant amount of press wine. This continued program of declassification in both the vineyard and on the winemaking side has allowed us to create such attractive and affordable Nelms Road wines.

Description: The 2004 vintage was another very warm one for Washington State and this 2004 Merlot reflects that. This wine offers beautifully ripe fruit with flavors of dried ripe cherries and subtle aromas of spice, cut leaf tobacco, mocha, and vanilla. The texture is soft and silky and the finish is generous and long.

This red wine would be fantastic with wood-fired pizza! While there is ample fruit to age this wine for several years or more it has been produced to enjoy young. With proper storage this wine should age for three to five years.

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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