We tasted Columbia Winery’s 2003 Zinfandel, Alder Ridge Vineyard at the winery’s Taste of Red weekend, and simply had to bring a bottle home.Â We knew it would be an excellent wine to be paired with any number of meat dishes.Â
When my husband made his meanÂ (delicious) heaping plates ofÂ spaghetti, and we knew it was time to open the Zin. ThisÂ peppery ruby red wine has notes of raspberry, cherries and vanilla, with a spicy finish. Part of winemaker David Lake’s Signature Series, the grapes were hand-harvested from a slope near the Columbia River at Alder Ridge Vineyard.
Drinking this wine made it clear why Lake was deemed “Dean of Washington Winemakers” by both Wine Spectator and Decanter Magazine. We highly recommend it. Columbia Winery only has limited availability of this wine left. Hopefully we can snag a couple more bottles next time we stop by the winery.