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Date Printed: 10/30/2014
Woodward Canyon Nelms Road Merlot 2008
Woodward Canyon Nelms Road Merlot 2008
(search item no. 109328)

PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $19.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This newest bottling of 2008 Nelms Road Merlot reflects the vintage well and is a great successor to the beautiful 2007 wine. The Spring Creek and Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyards were the predominant vineyards in 2008. Add to that some truly phenomenal press wine from some of the oldest and most celebrated vineyards in Washington State such as Champoux and Sagemoor and we can produce an amazing Nelms Road Merlot year after year.

The warm 2008 vintage gave beautifully ripe fruit with deep, sweet flavors of dried black fruit, perhaps cassis and cherry. Complex aromas of graham, oak spices, vanilla and crème brulée integrate, leading to a long generous finish. The wine is dark purple in color. This wine was bottled early to retain fruit and is quite drinkable for a wine so young. While this wine was produced for early enjoyment, it will improve substantially with additional time in bottle. With proper storage this wine should easily age well for five years.

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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.