Wines

Barrister’s Award-Winning Wines

Our wines are made from grapes sourced from some of Washington’s most prestigious vineyards.  The grapes are handpicked and sorted, fermented in small lots and barrel-aged in French, American and Hungarian Oak for 16 to 36 months.  All production is handled on site at the Winery.  Winemakers, Greg, Michael and Tyler, are involved, hands-on, throughout the process.

Barrister Winery, whose signature style is characterized by a lush, fruit forward flavor, silky mouthfeel and soft tannins, now draws world-wide attention from wine magazines and wine enthusiasts alike.

Rough Justice XVIII, Red Blend | 29

Rough Justice embodies the essential characteristics we look for in Barrister wines – an amazing value. The fruit comes from the same vineyards as our higher tier wines, and sees much the same oak – though a heavier emphasis on used oak as well as a shorter 18-month aging period to enhance approachability off the bat. It’s aromatic, fruit forward, and possesses fine tannins appropriate to its barrel regimen. Look for warm spice, roses, toasted caramel and wet stone on the nose, bright red fruits & a rich mouthfeel on the palate, and a finish reminiscent of cherries, black currants, and barbecue.

 

2020 Cabernet Franc, White Bluffs | 35

Our signature wine, the 2020 Cabernet Franc wine has a complex nose of toasted oak, cherries, plums, and dried Italian herbs. Soft and rich on the palate with vanilla cream manifesting itself alongside red fruits and fine tannins. Smooth all the way through with a velvety texture, soft tannins and lingering cherry and orange peel on the finish.

2019 Petit Verdot, Dionysus Vineyard | 47

Warm spice, black pepper, hints of orange peel, and berry preserves dance on the nose of this Petit Verdot. Much of that aroma extends into the palate, particularly dark berry and oak. It’s a very juicy wine texturally with a bright acidity mid-palate. Soft, lush, rich finish that retains robust tannins despite its softness. Pleasant notes of plum and vanilla linger.

2020 Petite Sirah, Wahluke Slope | 45

Earthy aromatics of woodiness, forest floor, and spiced wine notes. Sweet and savory on the tongue, it has a dense, dark, lush mouthfeel with plum and Asian spices. The back end is candy-like and sweet – vanilla, dark chocolate, and liqueur.

Very small production at only 58 cases, this 100% Petite Sirah can be enjoyed now and for years to come.

 

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Pepper Bridge Vineyard | 45

96 PTS, Double Gold Medal – 2023 Sunset International Wine Competition

This wine opens with deep aromas of raspberries, vanilla, caramel, citrus, and toasty oak. The rich, mouth-coating palate is full-bodied but very smooth with flavors of peppery, ripe red fruits and dark chocolate.

Cocoa, cinnamon, savory fruits, and orange all contribute to a rich, lingering, well-balanced finish. Enjoy this delicious wine now or over the next decade.

 

2020 Carménère, Wahluke Slope | 45

Cherries, caramel, coffee, and a bit of green pepper nicely greet the nose. Super jammy, fruit forward and mouth-filling, it’s a smooth wine with balanced structure, and notes of plum, oregano, and vanilla on the palate. A juicy finish, fruit leather, some candy sweetness and citrus make this a unique but irresistable wine.

 

2019 Malbec, Summit View Vineyard | 43

Barrister Malbecs tend to be among our darkest (almost inky) in appearance and heaviest in terms of palate, and this one is no exception. Extremely fragrant – brown sugar, cherry, vanilla, citrus and anise and pleasant woodsy notes – dark fruits and warm spice flow on the palate with real potency and chewiness – this wine pulls no punches. Lush all the way through, the vanilla and cherry characteristics linger on the finish.

 

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, Tapteil vineyard | 57

Historically our fruit intake from Tapteil has not been quite big enough to include the finished wine in our wine club releases, but 2018 was an exception! Complex aromatics including blueberry, chocolate truffle, and pipe tobacco among others. There’s real heft to the body of this wine. The intensity coupled with soft tannins, cherry, plum and raspberry show strong. A little brash mid-palate, it smooths out at the end leaving fine tannins, toasty oak, and mineral characteristics.