Sugarloaf Vineyard is a relatively new vineyard located just east of exit 44 on Interstate 82 in balmy Wapato (Parker Heights area) and just south of “The Palm Springs of Washington”, coming online only in the last five years. The neighborhood is better known for ripening stellar fruits such as cherries, peaches and netarines, all thanks to modern irrigation laws. Sugarloaf grows 36.8 acres of wine grapes, which include: pinot gris, riesling, viognier, cabernet sauvignon, carmenere, grenache noir, mourvedre, syrah, tempranillo (planted in 2005), and a “test block.” I could tell you more about the people behind the vineyard but then I’d have to make you read HerpDerp’s wine report or Greg P. Utt’s on-again-off-again wine blog.
Here is another example of resistance to the Rattlesnake Hills AVA name being printed on winery labels. This author remains neutral on such decisions as, quite honestly, it’s none of anyone’s damn business other than the TTB’s. What would really be sadly hilarious is having a wine made from 100% grapes from a Red Mountain AVA vineyard and someone knucklenut enough to label it “Columbia Valley AVA” wine! That, I would buy on the spot… but then again, perhaps some winery making a 59-rated sangiovese might be forced to next time. Liquid shit, that was.
Tasted at 62-64 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: transparent mahogany-faded ruby to dark-orange. Nose: dried cherries. Mouthfeel: silky, medium-bodied. Tail trail: 10 seconds with a strong mid-palate presence. Flavors: lightly rummed Bing cherry, black pepper, cranberry, gritty spices, dried orange peel, and horsey mushrooms. Food pairing was chicken parmigiana and dark chocolate-covered raisins (not as good but it does expose more funk).
Alcohol: 14.2%. Columbia Valley AVA. TA 0.57. pH 3.7. Power: 2/5. Balance: 2/5. Depth: 2/5. Finesse: 2/5. Rated: 88. Value: $20. Paid: $25. Music pairing: “Sun Soaked” by Ali Lee. This is WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.