Silver Lake Winery, Zillah

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  • This winery is easy to find. Beautiful panoramic view up on a hill. Nice tasting wine and very nice atmosphere inside the winery and the wine barrels make the smell wonderful in there  more »
  • My partner and I were at a concert at the Gorge and spent the night so we could take in Yakima and Ellensburg wineries. We came to Silver Lake as it was recommend not only for the wine but for the bea...  more »
  • Older, established, uber-small pours. Better than some, not as good as most. 5 star venue but served with $12 an hour attitude. This is the third name the building has had and the first owners picked ...  more »
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  • The first sight of Silver Lake Winery is seeing this palatial winery sitting atop a hill rising above the road leading to it. Breathtaking. But you ain't seen nothin' yet since you're not at the winery. My lovely wife and I have been to some beautiful wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties. This winery could stand beside any one of them. You looking for a beautiful spot for an outdoor spring to summer wedding? This is the place. This was our final stop on our Wine Yakima Valley Spring Barrel Tasting Weekend event. And what a way to end it. On their expansive green lawn behind the valley there was a waterfall flowing over a natural-looking rock slide, surrounded by greenery and behind a stone masonry wall. Picture yourself getting married in front of THAT. There were crafts vendors scattered around, a stage where a 3-piece rock band with guys MY age were playing great versions of rock classics, and a big ol' honkin' food truck with a pro smoking rig all fired up on a platform in front--Kim's Got Smoke BBQ. Things started out in the large tasting room. Once again we brought our own wine glasses to the tasting room but there was no need. We still used them, though. This was by far the biggest tasting room in the biggest winery we'd visited. Figures since Silver Lake wines have wide distribution in both grocery and wine stores. There were two men pouring wines. We started off with a bearded, burly guy who also happened to be a school teacher--just like our beloved daughter (who had picked the wineries to visit and served as navigator). He told us he was leaving teaching to pursue schooling and a career in winemaking. Of the wines he poured my lovely wife--and our beloved daughter--loved the 2015 Roza Riesling, a nice white on the sweet side. It has mass distribution in the stores but there's something about buying a bottle at the winery. We also bought a bottle of the 2015 Rattlesnake Hills Merlot. I typically like a red that's a bit more fruit forward but the tannins made the wine chewy and, dang it all, I like a chewy red wine. It's a great food wine. Back out on the lawn there were three small French oak barrels set up side by side. I think the winemaker or the assistant (I never asked which but he has two cute little boys) was set up behind the barrels with a nice lady standing near him to handle another group of visitors. He dipped his wine thief into the first barrel, drew out their 2016 Cabernet Reserve, and squeezed it out into our waiting glasses. The young fruit just leaped out of my glass and into my mouth. This wine is a mere babe and already so delicious. But in the next two years after aging in other French oak barrels it will develop more complexity and depth. But that's the fun of barrel tasting. Next up was a 2016 Cabernet Franc, not as much leaping fruit as the Cabernet but still tasting, perhaps slightly more tart. The last barrel tasting was a 2016 Petit Verdot, historically a Bordeaux blending group employed in both France and here but making a name for itself as a standalone varietal. It was a bit more tart, with raspberry flavors, and not as fruity as the Cab but give it time. And just like another winery we visited, the winemaker here went into the uses of new and older French oak wine barrels to impart various flavors to the wine, and the use of neutral French oak barrels which impart no flavors at all during the aging process. That's why I love talking to winemakers for all that great wine education which I find fascinating. We capped off our visit with a BBQ lunch that was pretty good, made even better by the gorgeous but windy sunshine and that rock band churning out the rock oldies. And what a way to cap off two days of barrel wine tasting, with the last two wineries (Barrel Springs the first) actually offering barrel tasting. Silver Lake Winery gave us not only a wonderful time filled with wonderful food and wine (and the wife bought a cool ceramic kitchen sink sponge holder from one of the crafts vendors) but a wonderful memory. Yes, we will be back.
  • Best wine in all of yakima Valley!
  • Great environment and festive times!
  • Both the wines and the views are outstanding!
  • Wonderful wines

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