Challenger Ridge Winery has crafted a unique Washington white wine blend called the Liberty Bell that goes beyond your typical white  Bordeaux blend.  I first tried the Liberty Bell wine at the Gusto event in Everett.  Several people at the event directed me towards Challenger Ridge Winery, with high recommendations for the wines being poured that night.  I  really enjoyed this Challenger Ridge Winery white wine blend but it was too late in the evening to have the discerning palate required for an honest wine review. I choose to blame my palate fatigue on the  lighting and not the twenty+ white wines I had tasted earlier in the evening! Even late in the evening, this wine captured my fancy and I was eager to try it again.

Bean and I headed to Challenger Ridge Winery for their Harvest and Crush party last weekend and I was delighted to try this luscious wine again.  This white wine blend consists of 50%  Sauvignon Blanc, 28% Semillion, 8% Chardonnay, 8% Pinot Gris and 8% Viognier.  The Viognier gives it the wonderful fruit aromas and the slight fruit forward taste on the tongue.  This a nicely complex wine that paired  well their the barbecued salmon lunch.  We also tried their Syrah with the smoky salmon and that was equally as nice.

More specs. about the wine include:

  • aged in neutral french oak
  • whole cluster pressed
  • alcohol: 13.7%  RS 0.97%
  • Bottle date: 5/21/09  Release:  6/17/09

It is a wonderful wine to enjoy on its own or to pair with food.  It retails for about $20 a bottle