What we’re drinking: Bainbridge’s Fletcher Bay WineryJuly 25th, 2012 by brynn grimley
This week we’re reviewing two wines, a red and a white, from the island’s Fletcher Bay Winery. We’ll start with the white, then go into the red.
2011 Pinot Grigio: This wine recently won a silver medal at the New York International Competition and we can see why.
Winemaker Jim Wilford has produced a signature white wine to compliment his wine library that is dominated by strong Italian red wines.
The grapes for this wine come from Crawford Vinyards in Yakima. The wine itself has citrus, apple and pear on the nose that are followed by the same light, crisp and refreshing flavors. This is a clean wine that would go great with seafood or some light hors d’oeuvres on a warm summer afternoon or evening.
Give it a try at Island Vintners, the Winslow tasting room featuring wines from Fletcher Bay, Amelia Wynn Winery and Victor Alexander Winery.
Wilford also said he’s working on a late harvest pinot grigio, which is ready to go he’s just waiting on the label.
2010 Battle Point Red: This is Wilford’s signature red wine, his go-to if you will of the reds he makes — a medium-bodied wine goes well with dinner and is one you don’t have to save for a special occasion if you don’t want to.
The blend is 22 percent tempranillo, 21 percent merlot, 19 percent cabernet sauvignon, 17 percent lemberger, 13 percent cabernet franc, 8 percent sangiovese. It’s been aged for 10 months in French and American Oak.
The wine has dark cherry on the nose, which mix with a bit of herb in the middle. It’s a smooth wine that is pleasing to any palate. It also was lauded at the New York competition, winning a bronze medal.
*This is part of a series of reviews of Bainbridge Island wines recently tried at the Bainbridge Uncorked event, which featured the island’s winemakers.