Sunday, March 17, 2013

Woodward Canyon Red Wine

Well tonight we have another fine Washington wine for Washington Wine Month, the Woodward Canyon Red Wine.  Now this wine is a non-vintage wine, so it may contain grapes from multiple vintages, though given that I bought this bottle in May of 2012, it likely was produced from 2009 or 2010 wine.  This bottle was a blend of Merlot (54%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Cabernet Sauvignon (17%), Petit Verdot (7%) and Syrah (2%).  In any case, let's get to the wine!

The wine had a deep ruby color, with nice body and a nose of leather and black fruit, accented by some hints of dry herbs.  The taste was interesting, with some bright fruit at the outset, ripe plum, black currant and a bit of cherry, that transitioned into some leather and chalk mid palate.  The finish had some mild earthy notes and spice, while the mellow tannins made for a smooth, dry finish.

Overall, I would rate this one a solid 7.5, it was a pleasure to sip, but if I recall, it was a little more expensive than I'd prefer for an everyday drinking red at around $21.  As for pairings, this would do well with a variety of rich dishes, but since it's St. Patrick's day, tonight I'll be enjoying it with some delicious corned beef and cabbage, with some assorted root vegetables as well.  What a great holiday that let's you know Spring is right around the corner!

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