Of the six vineyards that Saviah owner/winemaker Rich Funk works with, Dugger Creek ranks as the largest at 20 acres and one of the youngest – planted in 2009 next to McClellan Estate. On the other hand, Barbera is one of the smallest bottlings for Saviah, which averages a total overall production of 16,000 cases annually. Funk’s stunning example of this grape native to Piemonte sings with aromas of black truffle, black cherry and oak spice, followed by flavors of blueberry, cherry and plum. It’s a rich, round and well-balanced wine. It was highly praised at the Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, earning a unanimous double gold. Funk suggests pairing this with roasted chicken, turkey or anything off the barbecue.
Production: 343 cases