Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2007
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 open over hours (and even days) the primary fruit give way to subtle veins of olive, earth, coffee and toast. Editor's Choice
Merlot in the key of oak, this stylish wine leads with toffee and oak spice, guiding a background vocal of ripe plum. That fruit will need some cellar time to knit into the oak profile; then serve with roast pork and wild mushrooms.
Woodward Canyon's red wines begin with the 2007 Merlot. It is a multi-regional blend containing 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. The majority of the fruit was sourced from the excellent Weinbau Vineyard. Medium crimson-colored it displays an excellent bouquet of balsam wood, Asian spices, violets, cassis, and black cherry with a hint of coffee/mocha in the background. Full-bodied and generous on the palate, it has plenty of ripe fruit, red and black fruit flavors, spice notes, and well-integrated tannin. It has the structure to evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now and over the next 6-8.