82. Woodward Canyon Winery 2011 Estate Reserve, Walla Walla Valley $79
The 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.
Production: 308 cases