A very interesting wine for a couple of reasons. First, the Columbia Gorge AVA is the only AVA that spans across two states (Oregon and Washington). Second, drinking a Pinot Gris at five years from vintage is really pushing it, but this was screw capped which gave it a fighting chance. This is a wine that was drinking great in 2014 with plenty of fruit but its now 2018. Light silvery gold in color. The nose has a nice fresh minerality to it but little fruit. On the palate, this has a nice texture. 13% Alc. There is some minerality and a hint of citrus though there really isn't much
This is a nice, easy Pinot Gris. $20 is a fair price. Consumed over three nights, it was pretty much the same each night. Screw capped. Light golden/green in color. The nose has slight peach but mostly minerals. On the palate, there is a nice backbone of acidity. Slightly oily texture. minerals. Slight peach. Food friendly or on its own.
It can be hard to find a time to open these kinds of "orange" wines. I love them but they are not for everyone. This is a white blend of grapes that is fermented, on the skins in amphorae and then finished in barrels. It has Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Riesling. These kind of wines are best served at cellar temperature. Golden brown in color. The nose is oxidized but also has some apple cider, slight citrus and even a floral note. If oxidized wines bother you, stay away. I found the nose vibrant. On the palate, this is also vibrant and full of energy. Apple cider
This is from New Zealand. Screw capped. Light gold/green in color, clear at the rim. The nose is nice with mostly minerals but a bit of a steely quality to it. Varietally correct. On the palate, a slightly oily texture which is nice. Slight grapefruit. Good acidity. Easy drinking. Long finish. Not a typical New Zealand wine in that it is more about the minerals than the fruit, but a lot of that is the varietal. Worked well with food. Around $18, this is a good value and a nice summer sipper.
Really nice showing for this wine. Light golden in color. The nose has more fruit that the Italian versions of this grape. Some tropical notes along with limes. On the palate, the fruit parade continues. A bit of underlying minerality. Good acidity. It has a nice freshness although I would drink these sooner than later. Good finish. Under $20.
Light golden in color. The nose is nice with minerals and peah. On the palate, this is slightly sweet. Very clean. Peaches. Not dessert level but noticeable. Enough acidity to work with. Nice finish.