Columbia Crest "Two Vines" Pinot Grigio 2009
Origin: Columbia Valley, Washington State
Blend: Pinot Grigio (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $7.99 (1.5L bottle)
Our review: Yellow-gold in color, this wine has aromas of tree fruit (apple and pear) with slight floral notes and hints of honey and cider. Similarly defined fruit flavors develop quickly on the palate, and there is a good balance to the acidity. The finish adds a bit of spice and some minerality.
Our rating: This being Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer, we thought we'd try a few inexpensive 1.5L bottles of wine, which are more appropriate for backyard barbecues and family gatherings than sit down dinner parties. First up is this Washington State Pinot Grigio, which we purchased for not much more than the 750ml bottle. We think this is a nice example of a typical relaxed summer wine. According to the fact sheet on the winery's website, there is no oak cellaring, though this wine has a bit of unrefined "oakiness", particularly in the finish. It adds some character to the wine, but it's not terribly well developed. It doesn't detract, but doesn't add much either. We rate it about Average overall, and certainly worth considering, especially to accompany simple grill fare like chicken, ribs, and the like.
Taste profile from the winemaker: Opens with enticing aromas of fruit salad and a fragrance reminiscent of orchard blossoms. Luscious flavors of green apple are joined by subtle hints of pear and citrus. Crisp and refreshing, this wine is perfect for sipping on its own but is a natural with food as well.
Winery website: Columbia Crest.