’17 Thurston Wolfe “Dr. Wolfes Red”
Horse Heaven Hills Vineyard – WA
Dr. Wade Wolfe, a geologist who started his legendary career as a winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle in 1978, is as much of a grower as a winemaker and still has his roots firmly planted in the vineyards.
Founding his own winery nine years later in the valley, last year he and his wife Becky celebrated their 30-year anniversary as owners of Thurston Wolfe Winery. They are not the new kids on the block obviously, and frankly, have been one of the most consistent and reliable wines from Yakima for a very long time
I am sure Dr. Wolfe would appreciate it that I refer to him as old school, which also means that he still makes wine the old fashioned way, without any coloring components or modern additives that a lot of the hot new young winemakers secretly embrace to make their flashy wines taste more appealing.
That’s why I was so impressed with the Dr. Wolfe’s Family Red – I know it’s ONLY grapes, made in barrels, no tricks up the sleeve. And for a wine under $20 these days that is becoming harder and harder to find. His 2017 signature red blend is 62% Zinfandel, 29% Petite Sirah for depth, and a little splash of Lemberger which added light spicy hints and elevated the entirety of the blend.
The 2017 vintage could have not been any better, and this wine has a nice deep red color and dark fruit aromatics. It’s balanced and has notes of dried dark cherry and mocha and coffee bean