Woodward Canyon 2016 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Walla Walla Valley, $29

By on June 28, 2017

Kevin Mott arrived at Woodward Canyon in 2003, which coincides with the earliest examples of Sauvignon Blanc produced by founding winemaker Rick Small. This vintage marked the 13th for this white Bordeaux grape grown on the family’s Salmon Safe vineyard in Walla Walla County, and four clones of Sauvignon Blanc went into this Sept. 1 harvest of 3.4 tons at 22 Brix. Stylish use of neutral French oak after the primary fermentation merely balances the midpalate, allowing for a theme of honeydew melon and mango as grapefruit acidity gives it a dry yet fruity finish. It’s delicious and consumer friendly, and the Smalls love it with Dungeness crab cakes. This earned a gold medal at the 2017 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 303 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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