WINE REVIEW: Two New Wines From Goose Ridge Vineyards
Goose Ridge Vineyards G3 2019 Red Blend, Estate Grown, Columbia Valley, WA ($15)
Goose Ridge Vineyards G3 2019 Merlot, Estate Grown, Columbia Valley, WA ($15)
by Andrew Chalk
FROM THE WIRES…
The Monson Family started farming the land in Washington’s Yakima Valley in the early 1900s and today still owns and operates Goose Ridge Vineyards, a sprawling 3,500-acre estate in Columbia Valley that in addition to growing grapes, also has cattle, horses, cherries and apples.
Their estate vineyards are located on a ‘saddle’ of land called Goose Gap, in the Columbia Valley, between Red Mountain and the Horse Heaven Hills. Goose Gap was recently named Washington’s 19th American Viticultural Area (AVA).
The g3 by Goose Ridge series of estate grown wines is named to honor the three generations of the Monson family who have farmed the land in Washington. However the fourth generation is starting to join the family business as well. Built on tradition and hard work, the Monson’s are committed to producing quality wines.
Goose Ridge 2019 g3 Merlot (SRP $15) – Possesses a smooth, elegant mouthfeel and richness with aromas and flavors of black cherry, cranberry, spice and cocoa. The balanced structure supports a long finish of dark fruit accented by notes of cedar and toast.
Goose Ridge 2019 g3 red blend (SRP $15) – This 2019 Estate g3 Red Wine Blend displays supple ripe, flavors of plum and blackberry accented with notes of spice, vanilla, hints of black currant and Bing cherry. Exquisitely balanced, this blend has a lush, round mouthfeel and long, lingering finish.
Goose Ridge 2019 g3 Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $15) – Well-structured with ample richness and depth accented by aromas of toasted oak and tobacco. Flavors of cherry and plum coalesce with hints of baking spice for a long, satisfying finish.
Goose Ridge 2020 g3 Chardonnay (SRP $15) – Estate grown in Washington State’s new Goose Gap AVA. With pleasant aromas of sourdough, toasted almonds, ripe pear, and clarified butter, the wine’s palate opens with intense, juicy notes of fresh tangerine and lemon zest that leads into a toasty, sweet center. The supple mouthfeel is underlined by a fresh minerality and gravelly character. The finish is smooth and supple showing notes of citrus, spice, and fresh toastiness and tremendous length.
2019 Red Blend
Appearance: Translucent ruby;
Nose: Soft raspberry fruit, oak,
Palate: Vibrant acid, bite of tannin, blackberry flavors. Short finish. Best with food. Red meat especially.
Nose: Mocha, blackberries;
Palate: Chewy tannins, rich blackberry fruit, sweet ripe fruit, rewarding finish.