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.
2010 Estate Nebbiolo
The 2010 Naches Heights Estate Nebbiolo is the second from Wilridge Vineyard. 2010 was a challenging year for many Washington vineyards. However, some late warm weather in the fall favored those who were not afraid to leave the grapes hanging as long as possible. Nebbiolo loves a long cool growing season like 2010 where it has time to gain ripeness but also maintain acidity from cool nights. The result is a delightful wine that will gain complexity for many years to come.
2013 Pinot Gris- Ice Style
In 2007 Wilridge planted their organic & biodynamic vineyard in Naches Heights. The 2013 The 2013 Pinot Gris dessert wine was made from organic Pinot Gris grapes that were frozen post-harvest in an apple cellar. After freezing the grapes were pressed at 47 degrees brix. The fermentation terminated naturally at 7 degrees brix. Approximately 20% of the grapes were infested with the “noble rot” Botrytis Cinerea. Open this beauty with good company on a moonlit evening. 375ml bottle
Wilridge is proud to partner with the Pike Place Market Foundation. Every bottle of Rachel Red wine helps our low-income neighbors who work, live and learn around Seattle’s historic Market, helping the Market you love remain a thriving and caring community.The Foundation provides a senior center, medical clinic, shelter, preschool, daycare, assisted living and more.
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.
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.
2013 Pinot Grigio-Crawford
Wilridge winemaker Paul Beveridge crafts Pinot Grigio in the classic Northern Italian style to emphasize the fresh citrus aromas and flavors of the grape.
2013 Muscat Blanc- port style
Wilridge's Estate Muscat Blanc is made in the style of a classic French Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise dessert wine. The Muscat grapes were crushed by foot and pressed by hand. Fermentation proceeded until October 30th when brandy was added to stop the fermentation at 6 degrees brix residual sugar. The resulting wine hints of orange blossoms on the nose while the mid-palate is rich and satisfying. A delicious sweet wine, it will accompany many desserts and cheeses, or may even serve as dessert on its own. Bon appetite!
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.