Convergence Zone Cellars 2015 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Drizzle Pinot Gris, Red Mountain, $15

By on December 17, 2018

Best Buy! Based on the market price for the grape, there’s very little Pinot Gris planted on Red Mountain. As a result, there’s always a sense of intrigue following each release of Scott Greenberg’s Drizzle from the Holmes family’s famed Ciel du Cheval Vineyard. Understandably, harvest for the Convergence Zone Cellars order is among the first fulfilled, and in the historically hot 2015 that pick came at 23 Brix on Aug. 13, Greenberg’s earliest since 2010. Dubbed as “Lily’s Vintage” by the North Bend, Wash., vintner, this off-dry Pinot Gris comes with delicate aromas of elderflower, talc and peach pie. On the palate, the peach pie is joined by honeydew melon, and while at 1.3% residual sugar, there’s nice acidity to balance the drop of honey in the finish. The 2015 Drizzle merited acclaim early in 2018 with a gold medal along the Oregon Coast at SavorNW Wine Awards. This fall, it continues to drink deliciously easy. Suggested pairings include serving it slightly chilled with Asian food, sushi, roasted chicken, turkey, cheese and crackers.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 144 cases

Alcohol: 12%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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