Horse Heaven Hills

Wine Details

Blend: 100% Nebbiolo

Harvested: November 18, 2010

Bottled: April 12, 2012

Brix: 22°

Acidity: 9.7 g/l

Ph: 3.22 pH

Total Production: 236 cases

Price: $20/bottle   $216/case

Tasting Notes

Nebbiolo is the most prized red grape variety in Northern Italy but is still relatively rare in the United States.  In Italy, Nebbiolo is the vine behind the great Barolos and Barbarescos of the Piedmont region.  Wilridge is the second winery in Washington State to produce Nebbiolo. The best Nebbiolos are classic brick red in color but with more power than most lighter colored red wines.  Think Pinot Noir with more tannic punch.  Italians say Nebbiolo is a "steel fist in a velvet glove" and they will age Nebbiolo wines for years and years.  As they get older, Nebbiolos develop amazingly complex aromas.  Wilridge's earliest vintages of Nebbiolo continue to age well and we suggest you drink some now and lay down some bottles in your cellar.


Doc Elerding's Six Prong Vineyard is located in the Horse Heaven Hills American Viticultural Area above the Columbia River.  The area is part of the giant south facing slope rising from the Columbia that forms the southern border of Washington State.  The acreage that could be planted with grapes is as large as the Country of Portugal.  Just one of the many reasons Washington State has the perfect climate for wine.  Miss the dirt road to the vineyard and you will end up on the river.