Wilderotter Vineyard poured an exquisite tasting with its European style wines while its villa-like setting and tasting room right smack dab in the vineyard made for a relaxing afternoon under the golden state’s miraculous sunshine. Each wine was balanced and elegant with noticeable acidity yet mild tannins.
They began the tasting with a Vermentino that made my mouth water with tart lemon peel and a slight minerality. It was a lively sipper on this equally exquisite patio.
Then, the reds ran in different palate directions but all like all Italian wines, they craved food. Fortunately, they served each with a complimentary cheese, salami, and quince paste platter.
Our favorites were a Grenache that had bright crisp tart cherry with silky tannins. It was a light crisp answer to Pinot Noir. A Primitivo smelled like a bright bowl of cherries and delighted my senses with a hint of spice, chewy velvet mouthfeel and nice long finish. But Wilderotter Vineyard’s Barbera blew me away with a combination of red cherry and purple plum and steely acidity. These were all ripe and ready to sip standalone or alongside any feast.