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.
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.
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.
For the first time since making Grâce we have blended all five Bordeaux varieties, namely: about 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, about 20% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Malbec and 2% Petite Verdot.
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.
2013 Melange Blanc Off-Dry
60% Roussanne, 40% Viognier
Melange Blanc means "white blend" and is the premier white wine grown and produced by Wilridge Winery & Vineyard. To make Estate Melange Blanc, Wilridge winemaker Paul Beveridge blends organically and biodynamically grown Viognier and Roussanne grapes from Wilridge Vineyard. The result is a complex dry white wine that pairs well with food and rewards a year or two of aging in the cellar. Try it with some grilled pork chops or Columbia River sturgeon
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.