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WINE REVIEW: Goose Ridge Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc ‘Estate Bottled’, Columbia Valley, WA ($18)

Updated: Jan 4, 2020

by Andrew Chalk

Goose Ridge Winery & Vineyards, owned and operated by the Monson Family. As fourth-generation farmers, the family started herding cattle and began sowing the land in Washington’s Yakima Valley in the early 1900s. Today the family has a sprawling 3,000-acre estate in Columbia Valley that in addition to growing grapes, continues to run cattle and grow commercial cherries and apples.

Goose Ridge Vineyards produces five wine labels - Goose Ridge Estate, g3, Tall Sage, Stonecap, and their canned wine brand, Cascadian Outfitters - and boasts four tasting rooms across Washington state.

Per Goose Ridge’s information: “Goose Ridge Vineyards is located a gently sloped site near Benton City and adjacent to the famed Red Mountain AVA. Several key viticulture factors contribute to the vineyard’s excellence:

  • Wine grapes in the Columbia Valley flourish under long hot days, cool nights and minimal rainfall during the growing season.

  • The soil, deposited during the Missoula Floods of Ice Age thousands of years ago, is perfect for growing wine grapes.

  • The Monson family has a commitment to modern vineyard management and sustainable farming practices.

  • All vines are planted on original rootstock in small lots with south to north row orientation to maximize sun exposure. Vineyards are managed for low yields – typically three tons per acre or less – to ensure intense, complex flavors from each grape variety.”

This Sauvignon Blanc from Washington State displays a nose of Meyer lemon, peach and herbaceous notes. On the palate it displays good body weight and intense flavors with a firm frame of medium-plus acidity which enables it to pair well with food without being too tart. Recommended.




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