There’s considerable history behind Paul Beveridge’s label, and since he opened in 1988, his is Seattle’s oldest continously operated winery in Seattle. Nearly two decade later, he began Wilridge Vineyard, an 85-acre site planted to 12 acres with 22 varieties represented. Five of those are Italian grapes, including this remarkable example of Nebbiolo, the noble and late-ripening variety native to Piedmont. There’s a constant and delicious theme of cherry, red currant, rhubarb, cocoa and white pepper, supported by appropriate — and age worthy — tannins. There are few examples of Nebbiolo produced in the Northwest, and this is meant to cellar for several more years, then decant thoughtfully. It earned a gold medal at the 2014 Capital Food and Wine Festival at St. Martin’s University.
Production: 126 cases