Tasting number six at Carlton Cellars was Barking Frog Winery. Barking Frog does Pinot, but they also do several Syrahs and a Cabernet and that’s what they were tasting that day. The wines were good, but this trip was more about the Pinots for us. Interestingly the source quite a bit of their fruit from Crawford Vineyard in Prosser, which is where Mt. Baker Vineyards gets a lot of its fruit. The taste of the wine is quite different, showing that it’s as much the winemaking as it is the grapes.
And finally, we hit number seven, J. Albin Winery. We started out here with a Pinot Gris, which I thought was fantastic. It had the right amount of sweetness, and it was one that I truly enjoyed. I got a bottle for myself and one for my sister in law and brother, as a thank you for letting us stay at their house. We also tried their Late Harvest Pinot Noir, which surprisingly, Jon wanted to buy. Jon doesn’t typically go for sweet wines, so when he wants to buy a dessert wine, I know it’s good. Of course, I didn’t need Jon’s tastebuds to tell me that, because I already knew that it was excellent.
And with that, we reached the end of the marathon. We were exhausted! Well, not really, but we were ready for a break. We rounded up our purchases, and headed back to the car. Good thing that it was almost time for dinner.