Malbec is one of the five classic grape varieties that may be used in 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.
The 2012 Wilridge Malbec was grown at Crawford Vineyard in the Yakima Valley near Prosser. Wilridge Winemaker Paul Beveridge has worked with wine growers Charlie and Connie Crawford since 1990. Their vineyard is a bit cooler than others in the Yakima Valley, so it gets good fruit expression while retaining nice acidity. The result is a food-friendly Malbec that’s not too heavy or overladen with tannins. Try it with a range of dishes, from grilled chicken to Argentian beef.
2010 Bayliss-Bower Pinot Noir
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This is our classic Pinot Noir from our 15-acre estate vineyard on Ghost Hill. We feel that this vintage truly shows a complete picture of the older vines on our property — the overall wine is elegant with beautiful red fruit tones, a smooth and silky palate and a very pleasant finish. It well reflects our patient commitment to crafting balanced wines. The 777 holds true with notes of Bing Cherries and cassis filling the mid-palate. The 114 supplies a structured back bone, age-ability, and adds floral aromatics. The Wädenswil clone brings a rich complexity and spicy quality adding excitement to the blend.
Production: 304 cases of 750 mL bottles
Specs: 13 .5 Alcohol, 3.69 pH, 10% New French Oak
Harvested: October, 2010
Bottled: August, 2011
This is our traditional blend of four clones of Pinot Noir; 40% Pommard, 22% Dijon Clone 777, 22% Dijon Clone 114 and 16% Wädenswil. We continue to rely on Pommard to provide the foundation. The 2010 vintage is elegant and refined and will please those palates that are more familiar with Pinot Noirs of the old world.
Pale straw yellow. Delivers delicate aromatic complexity of
ripe fruits such as green apple, pear blossom and apricot,
with a dusting of linden flower. The light floral aromas are
well matched in the mouth; expect a finely textured wine
with ample pear fruit dominating the center, and hints of
nectarine and lemon lingering in the finish. This Chardonnay
is lean, deliciously fruit forward, and very food friendly.
We enjoy it as an aperitif or serve it with a wide variety of
foods from popcorn to fresh grilled fish and chicken.
The 2012 growing season was warmer than the previous
four years, and we were blessed with a long, well-paced
growing season in Northern Mendocino. With ample
ground water, the vines were naturally vigorous; so, extra
hand-work in the vineyard, thinning and de-clumping, was
necessary to keep the yields low enough to show off the
density of flavors these older vines are famous for, while
still taking advantage of a bountiful harvest.
The vineyard has been owned and operated by the same
family since 1970, and their vineyards have been farmed
organically for over 40 years. The vineyards have official
certification by the California Certified Organic Farmers
(CCOF) which is the guarantee that no chemical fertilizers
or pesticides were ever used in the growing of grapes. The
property is tucked into a far corner of Mendocino, where
a portion of the Eel River was diverted in 1908 to connect
to an east fork of the Russian River. The land is verdant
much of the year due to the hydroelectric reservoir
adjacent to the property. The owner of the vineyard uses
this hydroelectric power to provide energy to the property,
and has recently installed a solar voltaic system to run
the shop and office, providing for nearly all of its own
Graphite and stone hint to the minerality that underlies this wine. Lemon rind and white fruit showcase the Marsanne from Alder Ridge and Dutchman vi
neyards. Citrus, kiwi, grapefruit and honeydew melon alight the palate with elements of minerality expressed from start to finish.
Vineyards: Dutchhman and Alder Ridge
Appelation: Washington State
Blend: 100% Marsanne
Bottled: March 2013
Brix: 23.0° brix
Acidity: 6.8 g/l
Ph: 3.5 pH
Total Production: 220 cases
Cases Remaining: 215
This dark and voluptuous Bordeaux blend is deep purple in color highlighted by bold concentrated aromas of spice, blackberry, cassis, eucalyptus and crushed herbs. Full bodied, the mouth holds ripe blueberry, lush black currants, leather, toasted oak and a hint of minerality. The flavors are well- developed with elegant tannins and a wonderful balance of richness and texture in the palate all adding complexity to the extremely long finish. This dark beauty is excellent now but structured to develop over the next five years.
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Vineyard: Destiny Ridge Vineyard
Horse Heaven Hills
Aged 24 months in 80% new French Oak barrels & 20% 2 Year old French Oak
67% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Cabernet Franc
3% Petit Verdot
Release Limited to 247 cases