Although this winery has been a leading producer in the Walla Walla Valley for over two decades, this is only their second Walla Walla-designated Cabernet. Half of the grapes are estate-grown, half are from the Pepper Bridge vineyard. The smooth, chocolatey nose is a Woodward trademark and, despite its youth, the wine has a satiny mouthfeel. Polished, saturated fruit is set off with restrained new oak, and leads to a silky, seamless, satisfying finish. Just 247 cases made.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.