Washington, a red wine state, continues to focus on blends

By on December 31, 2017

Woodward Canyon Winery 2013 Charbonneau, Walla Walla County, $89

While it’s one of the most unassuming-looking bottles of wine produced by a Walla Walla Valley producer, Woodward Canyon’s Left Bank Bordeaux-style red blend ranks among the cult wines offered each year. The Cabernet Sauvignon (67%) and Merlot came from Mickey Witherspoon’s Charbonneau Vineyard overlooking the Snake River, while the Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard contributed the Petit Verdot (7%). Kevin Mott blended them into a classic Washington red that offers hints of ripe Damson plum and Van cherry with milk chocolate, moist coconut and white pepper amid a round and balanced structure of fully resolved tannins.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 349 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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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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