It’s time for the final Woodward Canyon release of the year, and it is the smallest production and most sought-after wine from Rick and Darcey Small. We refer, of course, to the 2013 Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve!
The Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve is always produced from the finest Estate Vineyard lots. The Estate Vineyard has nearly always been a rather low yielding property and 2013 was no different with an average yield of around 2.3 tons per acre leading to just 7 barrels of this beauty. As might be expected from a vintage such as 2013, the wine is elegant but still structured with generous black cherry fruit. A breadth of baking spice and vanilla from new oak integrates beautifully with the rather dominant Petit Verdot fruit. A nose of ripe black fruits, crème brulee and pipe tobacco develops in the glass; the color is a lovely dark red. The wine has amazing texture and transitions to a firm and very well balanced mouth feel; the finish is rich, layered and long. There is a distinct “expression” or “sense of place” in this wine.
Thus, it is with great excitement that we announce our allocation of 28 cases for Washington and Idaho (combined!) is now available. However, there is one additional surprise. Since the quantities are so small this year, Rick has offered us a small second allocation of both the 2013 Charbonneau “Walla Walla County” Red Wine and the flagship 2013 Woodward Canyon “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon. These will all be available this week and are available on a first come, first served basis.