As we begin to wrap up the month of January, I begin to feel a glimmer of hope that spring will arrive. Making it to February here in the great inland northwest is like rounding second base and on the way to third. And if you make it through third, the homestretch will carry you through March and into April. Winter in Spokane is always grey and dreary, and something this California-native has never been able to get accustomed to. Top this winter off with seemingly-endless 20* temps for a high, it’s a miracle I survive at all. However, the one thing about Spokane: the summers! Some are more mild than others. Except last summer where I do believe we had the hottest summer in many years. And those few months that are without snow (June through September are about all that we can realistically assume to be snow-free…hopefully), Spokane is just beautiful! Endless hiking trails, river-rafting, parks, lakes… Spokane is an outdoor-man’s destination. And of course, the wine. How I long for Symphonies on the Bluff again.
In addition to spending a small fortune on brightly colored clothes (I have a conference to attend, new clothes are a must!), I chose for this week’s wine review a Pinot Gris by WillowCrest. I have talked of their wine before, but realized I have yet to review it here. So, in spirit of my attempt to shake off the winter blues, I cracked open what I hoped would be a refreshing Pinot Gris by WillowCrest Wines.
Pale straw yellow in color, the 2011 Pinot Gris from the Yakima Valley welcomes you with grapefruit, bright tangerine, and soft floral aromas. Tangerine cleanses the palate, and is met with bright acidity and hints of grapefruit and melon. The finish is crisp, light, and refreshing. A well-balanced wine. A bit of “summer-in-a-bottle” on a cold January day. If you are looking for a white to stand on its own (so rare for whites in my opinion), here it is! I did enjoy it with a light penne dish. The second glass was my dessert. So much better (calorie-wise) than cheesecake I do believe!
The 2010 Pinot Gris has received numerous accolades, as WillowCrest proudly boasts on their website. So far one reviewer has given the 2011 an 87-point rating.
WillowCrest 2011 Pinot Gris: ★★★★1/2 excellent wine
WillowCrest wine is not always the most widely available at local wine retailers or grocers. If you are interested in purchasing a bottle (and I suggest you do), it is available for purchase by going to www.willowcrestwinery.com. At only $12, this is a wonderful buy!
Winemakers Notes: Clear, yellow straw in color, the 2011 Estate Pinot Gris opens up with intense aromas of Bosque pear, fresh melon, tangerine and vanilla flower. The palate is rich and textured with a creamy mid-palate and a bright, focused acidity that carries the fruit from start to end. Tangerine, grapefruit oil and cantaloupe flavors persist on a pleasant and defined finish. Residual sugar is 0.4%, alcohol content is 13%. 100% Pinot Gris varietal.
I hope your 2013 has had a nice start! Until next time, Cheers!
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