90. Wilridge Winery 2013 Estate Nebbiolo, Naches Heights, $40
Nebbiolo, the most famous of the red grapes of Northern Italy, is relatively new to the Pacific Northwest and little known. Examples like this 2013 from Wilridge Winery ought to change that. The grapes from the Naches Heights AVA – west of the Yakima Valley – offer lovely rose aromas, plus a hint of tar, both characteristic of the variety. Its light red color, also typical, is deceiving. On the palate it displays tart red cherries, bits of red raspberry, abundant acidity and woody tannins. With age, the tannins should soften a bit and its fruit and acidity linger. Try pairing it with seasoned pork roast.
Production: 238 cases
Alcohol: 13.3% alc.