Covey Run Winery 2006 pinot grigio

Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on August 31, 2008:

No more dodgeball on Capitol Hill so it’s back to kickball in Mountlake Terrace. Delayed-growth nerds do have an upside. Metro’s short on cash and can’t sell bus-wrap ads to make money. Hey, for $40,000/year, they can wrap my ’82 Civic any ol’ day. Gotta love our state’s Republicans for distancing themselves from McCain and the national party by not attending the national convention. Rossi’s even waveriding on Obama’s theme for “change.” Like any candidate is championing “let’s stay the same!” Lame-o. And while Gov. Palin’s bio book has sold out after her nomination and is on a paperback print run, the WAwineman’s bio book is still available on bookstands for 59 cents. Get yours before he gets nominated for something…well, anything.

Thank goodness summer’s over, all 10 days of it. With the last warm weather blast over the Labor Day Weekend, I can kiss goodbye the white wine quenchers and now look forward to the uber-premium, hearty reds. I’m not used to reviewing pocket-change wine off the supermarket shelf, but as I sacrifice for all three of my dedicated winechatr readers, I want you to know that I feel your pain and I will share a drink, er…a bottle, so we can all numb ourselves from what could be a so-so harvest this year.

Covey Run has been up and running since ’82, with a rich history connected to CSM. This winery could be a mini-version of the House of Mondavi with all its corporate ups-and-downs. It’s bio is a good lesson for any winery wanting to establish itself up here. Currently, the focus is on whites with its Quail Series (named for the coveys that patrol the vineyards) and they do such an excellent job with these 85-88 wines that Wine Spectator has bestowed 20 “Best Value” awards over the last 26 years. With a new winemaker on board, Kate Michaud, expect bigger projects coming to fruition such as their Columbia Valley Reserve series.

Tonight’s munchies included miso-drenched butterfish, nude sweet potatoes, and pan-fried bok choi. Unusual flavors to match up to. The wine, though a little diluted compared to Hogue’s version, brought out an almost buttery sensation from the vegetables while balancing the super savory nuances of the miso paste. The miso eventually drowned this wine after a few bites that was the only hill this wine couldn’t climb.

Nose: floral bouquet. Color: light straw. Mouthfeel: slip sliding away. Tail trail: 3 seconds. Flavors: pale lemon, peach, twitch of apricot, and pear.

Alcohol: 13.5%. pH 3.33. TA 0.57%. RS 0.05%. Pure grigio. 7500 cases. Released August, 2007. Synthetic cork. Columbia Valley AVA. Rated: 74. Value: $7. Paid: $6. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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