I frequently ask for a glass of fresh, minerally white wine and this is it! Tangerine peel, anise and snow-covered pine aromas lead to a mouth-filling Italian melon, lilac, oregano blossoms and cut summer straw. Emotionally satisfying and delicious. — Winemaker, Charles Smith
90 Points – James Suckling
“A fresh, creamy pinot grigio with sliced dried apples, stones and hints of wax. Medium body. Fruity with pear undertones. Drink now. Screw cap.”
Vineyard – Evergreen
(100% Pinot Grigio, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, 12.5% Alcohol) Planted in 1998 by Jerry Milbrandt, the vineyard lies along a stretch of steep cliffs above the Columbia River, in the Ancient Lakes. A cooler site due to river influence, the soils are composed of fragmented basalt, gravel, silt, and caliche deposited during ice age floods. As with all of Milbrandt’s vineyards, Evergreen is farmed using sustainable practices. This site produces fruit with sublime mineral character and great acidity, a balance that winemakers adore. The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices.
The 2019 vintage was on the cooler side as it started slow with later-than-usual bud break and continued on to be fairly moderate throughout the year. Some vineyards had issues with an October freeze a bit earlier than usual, but our high-elevation vineyards have great air drainage which allows us to extend the growing season late into October without freeze. This yielded fantastic ripening and some awesome wines with incredible balance and character. Overall, we are excited about the wine produced in 2019, which has brought us more finesse, incredible flavors and lovely balance