Wilderotter Vineyard

Published November 7, 2021

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.

Wilderotter Vineyard 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.

Wilderotter Vineyard 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.

More appellation adventures from my month in this region.


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