Woodward Canyon

Rick Small

Rick Small

Owner and winemaker Rick Small’s family has been farming the same land where Woodward Canyon’s vineyards now lie for three generations. Rick first planted vineyards here in the late 1970’s, and Woodward Canyon was the second winery to be established in the Walla Walla appellation in 1981, after Leonetti. With deep roots in the land, Rick Small is one of a handful of the Washington wine industry’s ‘elder statesmen’ that have devoted their lives to producing some of the world’s finest wines in Washington. Woodward Canyon wines express the passion and intensity of Rick Small’s devotion to his work - he personally oversees the crafting of each of his wines from vine to bottle. Painstaking effort is taken in each step of the winemaking process, from canopy and irrigation management in the vineyard to ageing oak in order to make his own barrels at the winery. Rick’s vision for his wine has always been quality over quantity, and his enduring reputation as one of Washington’s finest winemakers is testament to his success. Woodward Canyon wines are never fined nor filtered and are always expertly handcrafted. Rick Small’s intimate knowledge of the land and passion for quality can be tasted in every glass.

 

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Website

www.woodwardcanyon.com/

Address

11920 W. Highway 12, Lowden, 99360

Wine Maker

Rick Small

Country

U.S.A

Region

Washington

Appellation

Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley


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Wines from this Winery


Nelms Road Cabernet Sauvignon

The  very  warm  growing conditions of  2015  gave enticing aromas of  mature  black  current fruit,  exotic  spices, tobacco,  and  earth. The wine is  deep red  in color. In  the mouth the wine offers firm  blackberry  fruit, ripe mature tannins, beautiful texture and a long generous finish; the wine is in brilliant proportion

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¥3,800
Woodward Canyon Chardonnay

Beautifully vibrant flavors of ripe pear, caramelled apple, and peach marry perfectly with wonderful acidity. Whole cluster pressing gives delineated fruit which integrates beautifully with notes of vanilla, mineral  and toasted hazelnut. Finally, the oak is understated by our choice and is in wonderful proportion with the alcohol, fruit and acidity. Fully mature fruit shows in the mouth; the texture is smooth and silky. The finish is complex, generous, and long. And while this wine may be consumed now, it will benefit substantially with a year in bottle and should continue to improve for another several years with proper cellaring.

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¥5,900
Woodward Canyon Merlot

The wine shows beautifully, with rich high toned fruit, balancedacidity and great  proportion. Complex  flavors  of cherry, spice, coffee and  earth  are enticing.    Notes of black cherry,  spiced oak, leather and earth  come forth  in the aroma. This wine is  generous and balanced enough to enjoy now, yet with the complexity and structure to age well for six years or more.

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¥6,800
Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series

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.

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¥7,000
Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines

This “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon is elegant and complex yet shows the sophistication, balance and structure that come from decades of working with the same fabulous vineyards. It expresses the purity and typicity of fully mature cabernet sauvignon that can only be achieved from old vine fruit. The color is dark purple with elevated aromas of earth, spice, black fruits and leather. Flavors of black cassis/black fruit blend beautifully with the exotic spice of new oak. The texture is soft but firm with integrated tannins offering a rich, lingering finish. This is clearly a wine from a warmer vintage. With proper storage this wine should easily age for ten years or more.

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¥13,800