Ross Andrew Winery 2015 Celilo Vineyard Pinot Gris, Columbia Gorge, $21

By on December 12, 2016

One of the Pacific Northwest’s top sites for crisp whites is Celilo Vineyard, a prized high-elevation site in Columbia Gorge near the town of Underwood, Wash. Most of this lot came from a Pinot Gris block planted in 1975, harvested at 22 Brix on Oct. 6 at nearly 1,400 feet elevation. Ross Andrew Mickel’s winemaking allows for a fascinating theme of both tropical and citrus notes, starting with aromas of tutti frutti, gooseberry, kiwi and rosewater. The drink offers refreshment from start to finish, bringing vibrant flavors of Granny Smith apple, Key Lime, Bosc pear skin and Mandarin orange. Its low alcohol and bone-dry approach makes this remarkably versatile.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 650 cases

Alcohol: 12.1%

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