Woodward Canyon

Woodward Canyon Winery was established in 1981 by Rick Small and Darcey Fugman-Small. It was the second winery in the Walla Walla Valley. The winery gained early recognition for its cabernet sauvignons, merlots and chardonnays.

Rick planted the first of forty-one acres of the Estate Vineyard in 1976 on his family's dryland wheat ranch. The winery also purchases grapes from selected growers and is a partner is Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills.

In 1998, Woodward Canyon also began producing wines under its second label, Nelms Road. Nelms Road offers merlot and cabernet sauvignon and was developed to produce delicious and affordable red wine.

Woodward Canyon is a founding member of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance and of Walla Walla Valley Vinea, the Winegrower's Sustainable Trust.

Farming Practice: Practicing Organic

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Woodward Canyon 'Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
94  Jeb Dunnuck 
Jeb Dunnuck 94 "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series checks in as a blend of 92% Cab Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot that spent 22 months in 60% new French oak. Like all the wines here, it's inky colored. Exhibiting a great bouquet of fresh blueberries, leafy herbs, violets,
Item Number: 27576
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Woodward Canyon 'Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series is straight up terrific, with tons of black currants, plums and spice to go with background smoked herbs and toasted bread nuances. Incorporating 11% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, aged 20 months in 50% new French oak, this

Woodward Canyon 'Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
94  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 94 "This wine has deeply concentrated yet focused and spicy purple-fruit tones. It's generously endowed with notes of taobacco, licorice, mineral and pepper. The highlights keep piling on through a finish that seems to run for several minutes. This bold wine is enjoyable now but

Woodward Canyon 'Artist' Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "One of the standouts in the vintage, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series comes from a number of vineyards throughout Washington (mostly from, Champoux, Canoe Ridge and Sagemoor) and spent 22 months in French oak prior to bottling. Full-bodied, seamless and layered, with

Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
95  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 95 "Here the high alcohol does not obscure the layered fruits and overall complexity of this exceptional Cabernet. Thick, ripe and richly endowed, it keeps its black fruit, ripe tannins and liquorous barrel notes all in proportion, and pulls in top flight fruit from Champoux,

Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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95  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 95  WE TOP 100 2012 Cellar Selection Rank 78 "Here the high alcohol does not obscure the layered fruits and overall complexity of this exceptional Cabernet. Thick, ripe and richly endowed, it keeps its black fruit, ripe tannins and liquorous barrel notes all in proportion, and

Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2010
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Robert Parker 92 "The 2010 Chardonnay was sourced from the winerys estate vineyard and the Celilo Vineyard and was aged in 20% new oak for 6 months. It displays a fragrant nose of poached pear, spiced apple, and hints of tropical fruit with the oak fully integrated. Creamy on the palate with the

Woodward Canyon 'Old Vine' Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
94  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 94 "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines is a full-bodied, rich, mouth-filling, heavyweight of a Cabernet that offers a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2028.   Woodward Canyon, directed by its founder Rick Small, remains one of Washingtons benchmark wineries. The two

Woodward Canyon Merlot 2007
95  Wine Enthusiast 
 Wine Enthusiast 95 "True to the dense, muscular style of Woodward Canyon's Merlots, this elevates the complexity in a near-perfect vintage. Deep and textural, it packs together concentrated red fruits, preserves and cassis. At first it shows a little heat from the 15% alcohol, but as it breathes

Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2009
96  Wine Enthusiast 
 Wine Enthusiast 96 "Luscious, rich, balanced and intensely fruity, this stunning effort may well be the best Chardonnay ever produced in Washington. Two-thirds old- vine Celilo vineyard grapes are blended with estate-grown fruit from even older vines that were planted in 1976. Candied citrus,

Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
93  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 93 "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series (which contains 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Syrah) has a superb pedigree with 76% of the fruit coming from the Champoux Vineyard in which the winery is a partner. It is a layered, savory, impeccably balanced effort that will continue to develop

Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
91  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 91 "The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series #12 was aged in 75% new oak of which 70% was French and 30% American (Pennsylvania). Its intense aromas display candied black fruits, notes of sweet cedar, and oak-laced spices. This medium to full-bodied effort has terrific mouthfeel.