While out and about getting ready for Christmas, my mom and I passed Ginkgo Forest Winery‘s tasting room on N. 30th. I thought it’d be fun to do a tasting so we headed in and sat down at a table. The tasting room attendant was a little busy but was really friendly and did everything she could to make our visit awesome including bringing over a map of the Wahluke Slope AVA so we could see where the grapes were grown. Mom and I employed the ever useful tag team tasting technique to make two tastings of 5 wines ($6 for the flight of five) cover the 10 wines they had open.
2008 Gewürtztraminer: Neither the Viognier or the Gewürtztraminer were amazing but neither were they horrible.
2012 Ginkgo Blanco: Both mom and I found this to be realllly sweet. I sometimes like my whites with a touch of sweetness but this was a little cloying even to me—it was almost dessert wine tasting!
2010 Riesling: This was my favorite of the whites. They said it was a “sweeter” Riesling but I didn’t find it too bad.
2008 Pinot Noir: This wine smelled a lot more promising than it tasted, in my opinion. Then again, I think I might have been permanently spoiled by Willamette Valley pinots.
2011 Coalesce: The Coalesce was a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah. For a blend, I found it to be a little coarse.
2010 Malbec: This wine was delicious with big bold flavors. In fact, it was so bold Mom kept trying to tell me it was the Syrah (see below) but it was wayyy better.
2010 Syrah: About this point in our tasting, the wine maker himself came over to pour our wines. He was very proud of his award winning Syrah. It was pretty darn delicious, he was right. Not as good as the Malbec of the same vintage (see above) though.
2010 Barbera: Barbera was a new varietal to me. I enjoyed this wine but as is often the case with a new varietal it kind of takes your tastebuds by surprise and you don’t know how to process it. I’d totally drink this again though.
2010 Cabernet Franc: Yum. I really liked this wine. It was smooth and immensely drinkable.
I was kind of sad I wasn’t going to get to try their Cabernet Sauvignon since I’ve had some really good ones out of Eastern Washington (plus it’s one of my favorites) and the Wildwood Blend (it is 20% of that delicious Malbec). Mom and I debated for a bit and we decided the Wildwood was worth a chance and bought a bottle. She later decided to give it as her white elephant gift** in a family gift exchange. Fortunately, I drew “#1” in the exchange and gleefully made the final steal of the game. A Seahawks blanket or a bottle of wine? I think the right choice was made:
Oh, and the Wildwood? It was delicious.
**White elephant gift exchanges should be permanently banned.