Great Northwest Wine top 100 wines of 2014: 30-21

By on December 29, 2014

25. Woodward Canyon Winery 2012 Estate Barbera, Walla Walla Valley, $29

woodward-canyon-winery-estate-barbera-2012-labelRick Small’s sustainably farmed vineyard has been growing this Italian variety since the 1990s, and the results from this remarkable vintage are stunning. He used 500-liter Italian barrels, as well as new French oak, to create aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate, walnut and forest floor. A bold entry leads to ripe and dark black fruit flavors, backed by easy tannins and good acidity. It’s a luscious drink crafted to serve with dishes from northern Italian such as braised beef, pork or veal with risotto. This wine earned a gold medal at the 2014 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition.

Production: 270 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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