Nelms Road Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its enticing aromas of black currant, spices, olive and lead pencil. Its appearance is deep red. In the mouth, the wine has a taste of blueberry fruit, mature tannins and a beautiful texture


Award winning wine at The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut DriveCabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most popular grapes used in making wines. These grapes are grown in several parts of the world. Although wines produced from these grapes are slightly different as a result of the location they are grown and how the wine is made.

Cabernet Sauvignon is known to be a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It has small berries that can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. The late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates so they can fully ripen. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found advocates in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot.


Woodward Canyon Winery was founded in 1981 by Rick Small and his wife Darcey Fugman-Small. It was the second winery in the Walla Walla Valley and the company was instrumental in the process of obtaining federal approval of the Walla Walla Valley appellation. The winery was recognized for its cabernet sauvignons, merlots and chardonnays. They also purchase grapes from selected growers.

The winery has continually produced premium and award-winning Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots as well as Chardonnays. From inception, Rick determined that quality would take precedence over quantity. Consequently, Woodward Canyon winery has remained small. The tasting room is a refurbished 1870’s farmhouse. Woodward Canyon is a founding member of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance.


In 1998, Woodward Canyon Winery commenced production of wines under its second label, Nelms Road. Nelms Road offers merlot and cabernet sauvignon. It was developed to produce enjoyable and affordable red wine from younger vineyards. However, If stored properly, this wine should easily age five years or longer. This red wine would be great with wood-fired pizza, roasted meats, and aged cheese.

The 2016 vintage is composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. This new bottling reflects the 2016 vintage well. The younger vines from select vineyards continue to produce better grapes making the wine production better nearly every year. Although this wine was produced for early consumption, it will improve with time in the bottle.

United States – When people in the United States consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. But there are other states like Oregon, Washington and New York which are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality.

Washington is one of the most important wine-producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Although, most of Washington’s grape crop goes to uses other than wine.

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