Wellington Vineyards is owned by the father and son team of John and Peter Wellington. John purchased the winery site in 1986. At the time, it consisted of 20 acres of old vines and a few decrepit old fruit and nut trees. Replanting of part of the old vineyard and orchard started in 1988. The winery was completed in time for the 1989 crush. We grow approximately half the grapes we use and purchase the remainder, primarily from small, unique vineyards
Smells of dark fruit—definitely blackberries—as well as hints of roasted nuts and perhaps some nutmeg. Very mild tannins and well-balanced on the palate. Certainly an easy drinker.
Fruit forward aromas, hints of cedar and oak, very smooth entry that thickens into juicy tannins and lingering aftertaste of rich cherry, leather, and spices. Must let this one breathe, it started off quite tart, but has mellowed and opened up beautifully. Excellent value.
When first opened, decanted for 1 hour. The wine was BIG. Very dark in color, with a nose of heavy black fruit and barnyard funk. Taste was somewhat bitter, with too much barnyard to be enjoyable, and don't even talk about the finish...Vacuum-sealed and left it for 6 days. Reopened, and the extra time in the bottle after being uncorked has smoothed the wine out some. Still has some barnyard nose under the fruit, but the taste is now quite enjoyable. Excellent black fruit & cassis, with some minerals. Tannins are a bit sharp, but nice with such a bold wine.