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Date Printed: 10/22/2014
Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2007
Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2007
(search item no. 104919)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 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 Merlot was pumped over and punched down by hand two times per day in small stainless steel tanks. After pressing, settling and racking the various lots were moved to French barrels for aging and maturation. In the spring of 2009 following final racking, the wine was assembled and bottled and laid down in our cellars for additional development. The wine shows extraordinary complexity yet is softer and more elegant than several more recent vintages. 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 softness for drinking now yet with 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.