Woodward Canyon was established in 1981 by Rick Small and Darcey Fugman-Small. As one of the earliest wineries in the Walla Walla Valley (the winery itself is located in Lowden), Woodward Canyon has a track record of quality that few Washington wineries can boast.
"A blend of 77% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Typical Charbonneau aromas of sweet aromatic pipe tobacco, leather and cigar box integrate with sweet, rich black cherry fruit. Elegant oak from new French barrels plays in with stronger notes of petit verdot black fruit spice and mocha. The ripe, sweet, black 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. I currently find the nose a bit more recalcitrant than the 2007. The flavor profile expresses the character of the vineyards beautifully with subtle herb and tobacco nuances coupled with gorgeous complex fruit. I find classic Right Bank elegance that truly entices me and I am always impressed that Charbonneau has such an expression year after year. This wine should age well for ten years with proper cellaring; be patient."
- Winemaker's Notes
"An engaging nose with vanilla, a touch of pepper, cherries, and some green notes. Spreads out across the palate with rich fruit buffeted by spicy oak flavors. Winds and weaves on the finish. Give 2-3 years. First year including Petit Verdot. 77% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 14.1% alcohol. 198 cases produced. Rating: Excellent"
- Sean Sullivan's Washington Wine Report, February 2010