With its cool night and long hot summers, the Wahluke Slope allows Italian varieties a long growing season which are essential for complex flavors to compete with the natural acids in the grapes. Most Italian varieties retain a certain amount of their acidity. If the grapes are not allowed to ripen, the acids tend to be the dominate flavors.
We sourced Barbera from Stone Tree Vineyard in 2011 and Primitivo in 2011 and 2012. This site has a great south facing slope with good air drainage. Much of the site is on an old petrified forest, hence the name Stone Tree. Wines produced from Stone Tree Vineyards: 2011 Primitivo.
We have sourced Barbera, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto from the Gilbert family our first two vintages. At their “24K” vineyard near Mattawa Washington, the Barbera and Nebbiolo grow side by side. This site has sandy loam soil which offers good drainage and allows the roots to grow deep down into the various soil layers. Wines produced using Gilbert Vineyards: 2009 Nebbiolo, 2009 Bravo Rosso, 2010 Barbera Rosé, 2010 Dolcetto Unfortunately all of the Nebbiolo and Dolcetto have been removed from the vineyard.