Red Wine Blend
Goose Ridge Vineyards was founded by the Monson Family in 1999. Goose Ridge is an estate winery dedicated to handcrafting wines from grapes grown on their 1,400 acre vineyard. Veteran Columbia Valley winemaker Kendall Mix joined Goose Ridge Vineyard & Estate Winery as head winemaker in April of 2010. While I have had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Mix at tasting events, this is my first review of one of his Goose Ridge red wines. Visiting with him at the winery is on my list. Call me.
The Goose Ridge tasting room is located in Richland, Washington off of Dallas road, a short drive for me. A cozy fire and comfortable chairs make for the perfect winter in wine country destination. You are encouraged to visit.
Nose: Meaty, smoky, bacon fat, cherry, sage, leather, pop corn.
Palate: Medium body, smooth, dark cherry, cassis, bright mid-palate, modest oak spice, light drinker at opening. Red fruit finish should appeal to many. Reminded me of a robust Pinot Noir.
Day Two Notes
Nose: Soft mushroom, cherry, cassis, rose petal, incense.
Palate: Cherry, strawberry, graphite, a little tart mid-palate, adequate tannin and acid on the gums, medium finish. Still a pleasing drinker on day two and still put me in mind of a good Pinot Noir. Recommended.
Thoughts: An old world styled wine, restrained, almost elegant, built for food and intimate conversations. A wonderful choice for those who enjoy red wine with food. For you Pinot Noir drinkers...I think you will utterly enjoy this wine. Recommended.
Appellation: 100% Columbia Valley, 100% Estate.
Blend: 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 20% Syrah, 8% Malbec, 6% Mourvedre, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc.
Goose Ridge Vineyards
16304 N. Dallas Road
Richland, WA 99352