Best Northwest wines of 2015: 90-81

By on December 26, 2015

82. Woodward Canyon Winery 2011 Estate Reserve, Walla Walla Valley $79

woodward-canyon-winery-estate-reserve-2011-bottleThe Small family’s 42-acre vineyard about three miles north of the winery in Lowden was more prolific in 2011, and that vintage led winemaker Kevin Mott down a different path than the year before. He could easily label this as Cabernet Franc (95%), and — as noted on the label — he rounded out the blend with Petit Verdot. The theme features dark plum and black cherries with some of the variety’s classic herbaceousness, backed by notes of bittersweet chocolate, tar and Earl Grey tea. It earned a double gold at the 2015 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition and should follow the path of so many Woodward Canyon wines and age beautifully.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 308 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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