Monday, November 16, 2015

Chateau Ste Michelle 2014 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley, Washington

With so much mediocre Pinot Grigio coming from California, it is rather refreshing to find some great versions from the pacific northwest that I would gladly recommend. I've been mightily impressed with Oregon's trend toward racy, dry Pinot Gris, and those are the ones that I often recommend, but this entry from Washington, planted on 'own vines' or vinifera rootstocks is genuinely impressive.

Chateau Ste Michelle 2014 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley ($12) crisp but voluptuous with medium to full-bodied spiced green apple, pear and ginger flavors that go on and on without the assistance of obvious new oak. And at this price, it's a steal. (89)

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