2012 Estate Barbera
Wilridge winemaker Paul Beveridge loves working with Italian grape varietals. Barbera is from the Piedmont region of northwest Italy where Nebbiolo and Dolcetto are also grown. The Piemontese sometimes say that they drink Barbera while they are waiting for the Nebbiolo to mature in the cellar. Barbera has wonderful fruity notes and bright acidity, making it a great wine for pastas with red sauces or traditional pizza.
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
We have worked to make a wine that is approachable now for those full flavored meals and a wine with enough structure to age beautifully for the next decade, though you may have difficulty saving it for that long.
Pinot Gris, also know was Pinot Grigio and perhaps the most nuanced mutation of the noble Pinot Noir, produces flavorful wines with notable substance and color. This wine was fermented entirely in steel tanks. Early October storms in Vintage 2013 resulted in a grape harvest about two weeks earlier than usual, resulting in a wine with food-friendly acidity and citrus notes on the finish. It serves well as an aperitif or with fall salads, sliced fruits, a wide variety of cheeses and moderately seasoned fish.
Wilridge sources the fruit for this wine from two Yakima Valley vineyards. Tempranillo is the great red grape of the Rioja region of Spain and grows well in the oldest American Viticulture Areas in Washington, Yakima. This Tempranillo is oak aged in French Barrels, but the body remains light and the acid in balance. Grab your flamenco dress, amigos y amigas and espadrilles for a beach paella party. Bring multiple bottles of this exotic single-varietal to wash down the great times.
Elégance is homage to single vineyard terroir. A blend of all five Bordeaux varietals all grown at the Meek Family Vineyard near Benton City, this wine shows finesse and depth, two attributes that require craft both in the vineyard and winery.
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.
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.
2013 Rugosa Rose
We love this bright and full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon rosé. This vintage was released to us late in this hot season, and we couldn’t be happier for the refreshing addition. This dry rosé is named for the fragrant, colorful and versatile Rugosa Rose, a perennial favorite. The Cabernet grapes lend substance, structure, and aromas to be enjoyed all year. Serve lightly chilled and always with good friends.
2001 Cuvee Alexander
Bright aromas of Chambord, cassis, pencil lead, damp earth and mocha are framed by toasty oak, toffee and barrel spice. In the mouth it displays juicy black cherry and ripe plum flavors