2012 Estate Zweigelt
The Zweigelt varietal was developed in 1922 by Fritz Zweigelt by crossing the St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch varietals. It is the most planted grape in Austria. Wilridge Vineyard received it on accident, as the original plantings were believed to be Pinot Gris. This chance meeting proved a match made in terroir heaven. The low nutrient high elevation vineyard also has the cool nights that Zweigelt favors. The wine’s body is light but fruit and spice notes are bold.
This is one of the classic grape varieties used in many red Bordeaux wines. However, it is Argentina, not France, that has created Malbec's sudden rise in popularity. And if Argentina can grow great Malbec, Washington State should as well, since the two regions are mirrors of each other in different hemispheres. The wine growing areas of Argentina and Washington are the same distance from the equator; so both get the same long days of sunshine during the growing season. Further, Argentina is protected by the Andes and Washington is protected by the Cascades. Therefore, it's no wonder why both regions produce exceptional Malbec.
This fruit driven wine shocases the classic pepper, spice and deep blackberry flavors that are making Washington State Syrahs turn heads around the world.
2012 Estate Sangiovese
Sangiovese, “The Blood of Jove”. This Italian varietal has taken happily to the high terrain of Wilridge Vineyard in Naches Heights. This ancient varietal, known in 16th century Rome, is becoming a standard player here in Washington. The mineral and earth notes will take your senses to the windblown Cowiche Canyon, on top of which Wilridge Vineyard majestically thrives. We recommend inviting a hot date over to watch Sofia Loren movies, share a bowl of pasta and slowly sip this seductive wine.
This is the embodiment of a classic Washington Merlot. old with an aged smoothness and even tanninc, try this archetype to blow you Merlovin' mind!
Are you ready to party? This wine certainly is. The hot 2013 growing season in north-western Washington State was ideal for berries of many sorts, and particularly for the raspberries used in the production of this elegant, delicious, perfectly balanced wine. Enjoy as an aperitif or with/as dessert. Our staff loves adding a splash, or two, to a glass of crisp bubbly. Think mimosa, but way better. We call it the “dazzler”.