Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on April 29, 2008:
The colors of April…daffodils, cherry blossoms, and pinot gris/viognier. (Cue record scratch). Hey, this is a wine blog…whaddya expect? Gotta love them WA oenos for thinking up some slinky combinations like this one. Folks, I’m dying for a merlot…but it ain’t May yet. So, I’ve been desperately yanking whatever’s on the shelves at my local markets and this happened to end up in my grocery bag. Lucky me because I had no expectations on this one and this was a ‘hit to the gap’ in baseball terms.
Good ol’ Dr. Wolfe delivers on another yummy wine from his lineup. Tonight’s luau was shredded pork with cabbage (kalua pork w/cabbage) and day-old sukiyaki from Matsu Sushi. Don’t squirm…it tastes a lot better a day older. My gosh, this wine opened up light but packed a nice delivery of fruit and crisp acidity. This is a phreakin’ good white blend. Can’t wait to open the Conundrum white blend and compare. The trio fared well, although I imagine this wine would rock with steamed or grilled shellfish. I’m thinking oysters… My loss, but not really because I’m drinking it right now and it’s booya-city, baby!
Alcohol: 13.5%. Washington State AVA. Stelvin cap. Viognier 73%, pinot gris 27%. 1500 cases produced and released in Feb., 2007. Gold medal, 2007 Seattle Wine Competition. Columbia Valley AVA.
Color: platinum. Nose: white flowers. Mouthfeel: frictionless. Tail trail: 3 seconds. Flavors of orange rind..okay, blossom; apricot, yes, definitely apricot; and a little pineapple. Delicious.
Value: $19. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated, but not uncouth.