Three reviews down so far, and all have been about red wine. What can I say? I’m a red wine kinda girl. But tonight, I felt appropriate to do something new, so here I am drinking a white. I grilled up a lemon/rosemary/garlic trout filet, so I really had no other choice but a white. And it so happens to be, Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris is the only white I have down in the soon-to-be cellar. The warmer temps of summertime will change that, I do promise to my white-wine readers.
I’ll state now that I am NOT a big white wine drinker, primarily because I have not put in the time to really study the whites: what is their aroma? What do I taste? How do I tell a good Pinot Grigio? Please take that last question as not rhetorical and fill me in with your favorites and why!! To me, a good white wine has a juiciness that a red just doesn’t have; the floral aromas, pears, apricots, melons, and should be wonderfully refreshing on any nice spring or summer day. I think the first time I truly fell in love, I mean, really fell in love with a white wine was this past April in Napa. Cuvaison Sauvignon Blanc. Oh, it had the crisp, refreshing, light feel that paired so perfectly to the picnic we had that day. The florals, but it’s the grass that I can not seem to find elsewhere that has me hooked. But this blog isn’t supposed to be about California wines (why do I feel like I’ve said this before….?)
Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris 2009 from the Columbia Valley. My first recommendation on this wine- let it breathe! Right out of the bottle, it is fairly acidic. Granted, standard of a white wine, but this was a bit much. Give it about a half hour or so, and the aromas and flavors really begin to show! On the nose is a cool dryness that is very welcome today, bright florals open the nasal passages well. The sip is light and juicy, pear is detected as an underlying note. This particular Pinot Gris mentions a touch of Viognier to it, and that quite possibly is why I detect more dryness than I recall having from previous bottles.
Chateau St. Michelle 2009 Pinot Gris: ★★★ (decent wine).
Wine Enthusiast gave this wine an 88 point rating; I’d say this is a fair score. The wine goes for $15 on Chateau Ste. Michelle’s website (www.ste-michelle.com). Personally, I think it is a bit high, as I know of a few others priced lower that I do prefer over this one. This being said, I don’t think it’s a bad Pinot, but I don’t anticipate buying this again. But remember, “For every palate there is a wine, and for every wine there is a palate.”
Have you tried this wine before? What are your thought? Please share them in the comments below!