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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2006
Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2006
(search item no. 98545)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2006 Columbia Valley Merlot is produced from grapes grown at several of the finest vineyards in Washington State. These include Weinbau Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope of central Washington (50%), Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley (31%), Sagemoor Vineyard overlooking the Columbia River in eastern Washington (15%) and DuBrul Vineyard in the Yakima Valley (4%). Fruit ripened beautifully in 2006 producing a more slightly approachable wine with great concentration, structure and expression.

The 2006 vintage was warm with fruit ripening fully by the first week in October. The wine shows extraordinary complexity yet is softer and more elegant than our 2005 Merlot. The blending of fruit from such fantastic vineyards has produced a complex flavor profile of generous cherry, oak, spice and coffee; I pick up notes of toasted coconut and vanilla in the aroma. Rich fruit and fully mature tannins give this wine the proportion and structure to age well for six years or more.

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About Woodward Canyon:

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.