In the huge influx of tasting rooms coming to Woodinville, I was lucky enough to discover a new gem... Alder Ridge! Bridget, who was running the tasting, was a great teacher about their wines, and I was really excited about another new tasting room.
The 2002 Meritage is amazing. It's $40 a bottle, but without a doubt, one of the best wines I have tasted in recent times. According to Bridget, quantities are limited on this one, so I suggest picking a bottle or seven before it's all gone. The composition of the wine is 36% Cab Sauv, 28% Malbec, 18% Merlot, and 18% Cab Franc. It's smooth and full bodied at the same time. Needless to say, I picked up a bottle of this.
I'll be getting over to some new tasting rooms more often if Alder Ridge is any indication of what's to come.
Thanks Bridget for being a gracious hostess!