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Woodward Canyon Winery: New Releases

Block One Covet Case: Sineann Block One, Andrew Will Sorella 03

Woodward Canyon's new releases for spring are some of the first, and best, of the new Walla Walla wines scheduled for Spring release. We'll be sending out a number of emails over the next two months, letting you know about the best of the Walla Walla region's wines, as information is available. In this email, we also recommend Walla Walla Vintners' newly released Sagemoor Cuvee 03. Lastly, we offer a "Covet Case" of six bottles of Sineann Block One Cabernet 04 and six bottles of Andrew Will Sorella 03, both made from the Old Block Cabernet of Champoux Vineyards.

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Woodward Canyon - Top Rated Walla Walla Pioneer

Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Saucignon 2003
Woodward Canyon Artist Series
Cabernet Sauvignon 03 is now avaialble in 750 ml and Magnum sizes

Woodward Canyon Winery was established by Lowden native Rick Small in 1981. One of the first Walla Walla wineries, it quickly rose to fame with a series of intense, complex, long aging red wines. The winery has consistently produced premium, award-winning Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots as well as barrel-fermented Chardonnays. His "Old Vine" Dedication Series Cabernet Sauvignon is considered some of the best American Cab made today. His "Artist Series" Cab celebrates regional artists with a wine blended from a number of Walla Walla's best vineyard sources.

Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon
Artist Series 2003 $35.99/$39.50

Tastings, March 2006: 93 points -- "Brilliant ruby red hue. Black cherry, black currant, tar, clove and menthol aromas. Medium-full to full-bodied with excellent concentration, this is a deeply concentrated wine that has a bright future ahead of it. The youthful tannins and oak are nicely integrated and there is very good persistence of fruit."

Varietal Comp: 89% Cab, 6% Franc, 5% Merlot. Aged 20 months in oak.
Produced from grapes grown at Champoux, WWC Estate, Canoe Ridge, Klipsun, Sagemoor, Tapteil and Pepper Bridge Vineyards.

The 2003 Artist Series was produced from grapes grown primarily at Champoux, Woodward Canyon Estate, Canoe Ridge, Klipsun, Sagemoor, Tapteil and Pepper Bridge vineyards. These seven vineyards are some of the most highly regarded properties in Washington and produce fantastic wines in their own right. In a blend, they can produce extraordinary wine.

2003 was a very ripe vintage and this Artist Series Cab is unusually forward, rich and ready to drink while young. Rick says the Artist Series 03 "has a beautiful nose of spicy oak and cedar integrated with ripe black fruits and cherry. A firm rich mouth feel begins with cassis and black berry leading towards chocolate and mocha. The finish is generous and long".

Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 04 $28.80/$32.00
New release April, 2006. Known as a supple, elegant, refined Chardonnays, this wine is made in very small amounts and has a loyal following.

Woodward Canyon Merlot 03 $31.95/$34.95
New release April, 2006. Blended from several vineyard sources, a Merlot for aging. More of a food wine, a companion to fine foods. Usually ages well for 8-10 years.

Woodward Canyon's Rik Small at age 10  

About Rick Small - Walla Walla Wine Pioneer

Woodward Canyon owner Rick Small grew up in Lowden, just down the road from Walla Walla. He attended the school now occupied by L'Ecole #41 Winery, next door to Woodward Canyon's facilities.

Rick attended school at No. 41 from 1953 to 1960. Baseball was on the mind of the youngster from a Walla Walla family raising wheat and cattle. One of four boys, Small had ranch chores, but was provided time for extra school activities such as sports. At left, Rick at ten, from a photo of the school team in 1959.

Rick's family owned the property behind the old teacher’s quarters, next door to the schoolhouse, for many years. It is where Rick made Woodward Canyon wine. About eight years ago, he purchased the old 1870 farmhouse at the front of the land and turned it into the winery’s tasting room

Interestingly, the sandlot field where Rick played baseball as a boy was a vacant lot between L'Ecole and Woodward for many years, and has now been planted as a vineyard.

To read more, and see pictures of the schoolhouse, winery, and Rick's 1959 team.




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Recommended Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Vintners

Walla Walla Vintners Owners
Walla Walla Vintners owners
Myles Anderson and Gordon Venneri

Walla Walla Vintners is another of the pioneer wineries of Walla Walla, founded by Myles Anderson and Gordon Venneri in 1995, after more than ten years of homecrafted winemaking. They started in the early 1980's with oak chips, plastic buckets, Coca Cola syrup stainless steel containers, and yeast from a local source selling supplies for beer brewing.

From such humble beginnings, Walla Walla Vintners has become a local favorite, and Walla Walla residents grab the reasonably priced, very high quality wine for themselves. Now Myles and Gordon make enough wine to sell out of the area. Their wines are some of the best values from the Walla Walla appellation, and are recognized nationally as outstanding in quality and affordability.

Walla Walla Vintners Sagemoor Cuvee 03 $37.76/$41.95
Varietal and Vineyard composition:
60% Bacchus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Dionysus Vineyard Merlot
and 10% Bacchus Vineyard Cabernet Franc

Marcus (Avalon) says: "A very inviting red wine from the start: dark plum, coffee and tobacco leaf aromas that carry through to the palate. Layered fruit--plum, cassis, and hints of dark dried cherries. A touch of sweet and spicy cedar complements the dark cocoa on the penetrating finish. The Sagemoor has a wonderful balance of acidity and tannins to reward cellaring over the next 4-6 years. Or, grab a prime steak and fire up the grill--it's spring, after all!"

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Woodward Canyon Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
2002 Old Vine Cab

Woodward Canyon Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
2000 Old Vine Cab

Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 03
2003 Artist Series

Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
2002 Artist Series

Woodward Canyon Artist Series 2001
2001 Artist Series

Betz Family Winery


Magnums & Larger
Woodward Canyon and Betz Family Winery

Magnums are made in very small numbers at Woodward and Betz, and there's a brief window of opportunity to obtain them when the wines are first released. Here's what's available, for those collectors who prefer to cellar in magnum size bottles (believed by many wine experts to be a better format for successful aging than 750 ml bottles).

Woodward Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
Large Format Bottles

MAGNUM - Woodward Canyon
Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vine 02 $145

Old Vine Champoux Vineyard fruit, a classic cellar selection and a beautiful presentation for special occasions.

Spectacular 3 Liter Jeroboam
Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vine 00 $550

Very spectacular 3 liter "jeroboam" of this world class Cabernet - a gift for the real wine fanatic, showy for a special event, will cellar 15 years or more.


Artist Series Magnums

MAGNUM - Woodward Canyon
Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 03 $110

While approachable now, cellarable for eight years

MAGNUM - Woodward Canyon
Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 02 $110

Beautifully balanced vintage, cellar for up to 10 years.

MAGNUM - Woodward Canyon
Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon
01 $140
A double bottle size, showy for parties and special events, excellent for cellaring.

Betz Family Winery Magnums

Last call for Betz 2003 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 750 ml bottles are sold out, but a few magnums remain.

MAGNUM - Betz Family Winery
Cabernet Sauvignon "Pere de Famille" 03 $99

MAGNUM - Betz Family Winery
Cabernet Sauvignon Close de Betz" 03 $69.95





Block One Covet Case $750
6 bottles - Sineann Block One Cabernet Sauvignon 04 $65
6 bottles - Andrew Will Sorella 03 $68

price reflects $54 discount from $804 retail
Two of the top rated wines of Washington, made from Champoux Vineyards's oldest block, the Block One Cabernet block. The precious vintage of the Sineann received 94 points from Wine Spectator.

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