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Woodward Canyon Winery

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7 days / week, 10 am - 5 pm. Tasting Fee: $10, refundable with a $30 before tax wine purchase.

Woodward Canyon Winery, named for the canyon Rick’s family farmed and where the Estate Vineyard is now located, was established in 1981 by Rick Small and his wife, Darcey Fugman-Small. Woodward Canyon was the second winery founded in the Walla Walla Valley


Our Wines

  • Woodward Canyon "Old Vines" Cabernet Sauvignon

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • This “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich and complex red wine. It expresses the purity of fully mature cabernet sauvignon fruit that one only can get from 35 year old vines. The Sagemoor Vineyard cabernet truly expresses itself in this vintage. The color is dark red to purple and complex aromas of cherry, leather and smoke develop in the glass. Flavors of ripe black cherries and cassis married with spicy new oak and vanilla coat the mouth. The texture is soft and silky yet there are mature integrated tannins in the rich, long finish. I love the proportion this red wine displays and with proper storage, it should age for ten years easily.

      • Cabernet Sauvignon
      • over $75
      • Columbia Valley
      • Champoux Vineyards, LLC
  • Woodward Canyon Charbonneau Red

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • The Charbonneau Vineyard is located atop a sandy bench overlooking the Snake River at the western edge of Walla Walla County. Typical Charbonneau aromas of sweet pipe tobacco, leather and cigar box integrated with sweet black cherry fruit. Subtle toasted oak from new French barrels plays in with additional notes of spice and vanilla but does not overpower. Taste: Ripe sweet cherry fruit is in perfect proportion with new French oak, acidity, alcohol and tannin. The wine has great texture with soft mature tannins; the finish is generous and long.

      • Blend - Bordeaux Style Red
      • $50 - $75
      • Columbia Valley
      • Charbonneau Vineyards
  • Woodward Canyon "Artist Series" Cabernet Sauvignon

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • This “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from grapes selected from some of the finest and most highly regarded vineyards in Washington State and the Walla Walla Valley. Each produces fantastic wine in their own right; when blended they produce extraordinary wine. This wine shows brighter fruit than the 2013. This enticing and deeply colored red wine shows a complex nose of baking spice, black olive and graham integrated beautifully with aromas of ripe black fruits. In the mouth the wine is rich and elegant, showing subtle notes of herb and black berry. Integrated tannins enhance the texture and give proportion; the finish is complex, generous, and long. While this wine can be enjoyed now it will benefit greatly from additional cellaring and, with proper storage, should develop for ten years or more.

      • Cabernet Sauvignon
      • $50 - $75
      • Columbia Valley
  • Woodward Canyon Estate Barbera

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • This Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard Barbera was produced from two distinct clones of this northern Italian variety. The grapes were fermented in small stainless steel tanks and the wine was punched down two times per day. After pressing, the wine went to predominantly 500 liter Italian barrels, as well as some new French chateau barrels, for completion of malolactic fermentation and further development and maturation.

      • Barbera
      • $20 - $30
      • Walla Walla Valley
      • Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard
  • Estate Sauvignon Blanc

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard. All grapes are sustainably grown at our Walla Walla Valley Estate Vineyard. Additionally, the vineyard and this wine are designated Salmon Safe. This is the thirteenth vintage of Sauvignon Blanc produced from our Estate grown fruit. The 2016 vintage was later ripening yet was similar to recent vintages such as 2014 allowing for full physiological ripeness at around 22.0 brix. The yield was up substantially in 2016 to about 3.4 tons per acre. The harvest of four distinct clones took place on August 31st and September 1st. Hand harvested grapes were sorted and whole cluster pressed. Settled juice was chilled and cold fermented in stainless steel; this wine did not go through malo-lactic fermentation. After primary fermentation the wine was aged in neutral French oak for complexity and roundness. There is varietal purity in this Sauvignon Blanc yet still it expresses a very distinct sense of place. This wine has a beautiful light straw color

      • Sauvignon Blanc
      • $20 - $30
      • Walla Walla Valley
      • Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard
  • Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Vineyards: Weinbau (85%) and Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (15%) Vintage Specific Characteristics: This 2013 Columbia Valley Merlot was produced from grapes grown at Weinbau Vineyard located above the Columbia River in central Washington and Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (LIVE certified sustainable and Salmon Safe) at the western edge of the Walla Walla Valley. These mature south facing vineyards are now 20 years average age, are comprised predominantly of sandy loam and silt loam soils respectively, and are very well drained. The 2013 vintage was perfect for merlot with harvest starting the 3rd week in September. Production Notes and General Characteristics: This Merlot was pumped over or punched down by hand two times per day in small stainless steel tanks. After pressing, settling, and racking the various lots were moved to French barrels for aging and maturation. In late July this wine was assembled and on August 8, 2014 was bottled and laid down in our cellars f

      • Merlot
      • $50 - $75
      • Columbia Valley
      • Sagemoor Vineyards
  • Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • The Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve is always produced from our finest Estate Vineyard lots. It is very satisfying to produce such a classic Walla Walla Valley red wine. The Estate Vineyard has nearly always been a rather low yielding property and 2014 was no different with an average yield of around 2.9 tons per acre. It is gratifying to see such amazing quality from our vineyard given the warmth of the vintage. This wine was fermented in small 2000 liter open top tanks with native yeast and was punched down two times per day. After pressing, this wine went directly to new French chateau barrels for maturation and development. As might be expected from a rather warm vintage such as 2014, the resulting wine is elegant but still structured with generous black current fruit. A breadth of baking spice, five spice and vanilla from new oak integrates beautifully with the rather dominant cabernet sauvignon fruit. A nose of ripe black fruits, crème brulee and pipe tobacco develops in

      • Blend - Bordeaux Style Red
      • over $75
      • Walla Walla Valley
      • Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard
  • Woodward Canyon Washington State Chardonnay

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • This 2015 Washington State Chardonnay is produced predominantly from our oldest grapes. Originally planted in 1977, this southeast-facing chardonnay vineyard (clone 108) could easily qualify as “old vines” at 40 years of age. The Ritzville Silt Loam soil is extremely shallow, lying over fractured basalt, and is of marginal productivity. The remaining chardonnay from Celilo Vineyard (Wente Clone) is comprised of volcanic soils and is fine in texture with very small pebbles scattered throughout. All Chardonnay from our Walla Walla Valley Estate Vineyard (90%) is certified sustainable and also certified Salmon Safe. The Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay from the Columbia Gorge Appellation (10%) completes the blend. This Chardonnay was 100% barrel fermented in French Burgundy barrels, of which roughly 20% were new. Rich flavors of peach and apple marry with vanilla, spice and hazelnut to offer complex aromas in the nose balanced with mineral notes and generous crisp fruit in the mouth.

      • Chardonnay
      • $30 - $50
      • Washington State
  • Woodward Canyon Estate Erratic

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • We have been quietly experimenting with Mediterranean varieties, clones and rootstock for over ten years; this 3rd bottling of our Provence-style“ERRATIC” is 46% Mourvèdre, 45% Syrah and 9% Grenache. This wine is deep purple in color with aromatics of ripe black fruits, anise, herbs and roasted meat. In the mouth there are complex flavors of dried black fruits, spiced espresso and herbs de Provence. The texture is silky, yet firm and the finish is generous and long. This is a delightfully intriguing wine that clearly shows a distinct Woodward Canyon sense of place. With proper cellaring this wine should age easily for five years. Enjoy this wine with Mediterranean cuisine.

      • Blend - Rhone Style Red
      • $30 - $50
      • Walla Walla Valley
      • Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard

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