Woodward Canyon Walla Walla Merlot 2000

Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Washington

Item No. 56771
  • red wine
  • ST91

Winemaker's Notes

This wine was produced from 63% Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard, 22% Pepper Bridge Vineyard, and 15% Seven Hills Vineyard merlot. The average brix was 24.5° at harvest. Average yield was under three tons per acre. The wine was aged in new chateau barrels after small stainless steel tank fermentation, with punch down and pump over techiques.

The abiltity to blend with these three vineyards has given a spectacular Walla Walla Valley merlot, with deep color, ripe cherry, chocolate, mocha, and spice. The wine is firm, but elegant, and the finish is long and generous. This wine may be consumed now, but it will improve significantly with bottle age. With proper storage, this wine should be enjoyable for ten years.

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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 Walla Walla Valley

So nice, they say it twice... Sharing part of the valley with Oregon, Walla Walla is on the southeast side of the Columbia Valley. It is primarily red grape land, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading in the vineyards, followed by Merlot and the ever-growing and very popular, Syrah. In the 1990's, as Washington State was gaining more acclaim for its red wines, Walla Walla was...

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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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