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Ross Andrew 2016 Celilo Vineyard Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris Impulse

Ross Andrew 2016 Celilo Vineyard Pinot Gris, Columbia Gorge, Washington

Fellow wine lovers, it’s a nice sunny day today and I’m in the mood for a refreshing white wine. You don’t see me featuring many Washington State Pinot Gris, but when I find a good one I commit to it. I think the only two we’ve offered on Impulse have been the Nine Hats Pinot Gris and the Ross Andrew Celilo Vineyard Pinot Gris, and it’s even been a while since we’ve worked with either of those.

Personally, I’ve been a fan of Ross Andrew Mickel’s wines for a decade now. He used to be the assistant winemaker at Betz Family Winery, back in the early 2000’s, and is an all around great guy. When I was working at Matthews Cellars in 2006/2007, Ross would occasionally come by to borrow a piece of equipment. We were among the few in Woodinville with top of the line winemaking gear back then, so many smaller wineries would come to our facility to use our stuff. Because of this, I had several good opportunities to chat with Ross, even work with him a bit in the cellar. I always found him to be very knowledgeable and passionate about wine.

Ross Andrew Winery 2016 Celilo Vineyard Pinot Gris $18.99 (Regularly $24)

Sitting at an elevation of 1,370 feet in the cooler climate of the Columbia Gorge region of Washington State, Celilo Vineyard is well suited for the production of refreshing and crisp white wines. Ross Andrew has been doing a bang-up job with Celilo Vineyard Pinot Gris for several years now, truly expressing its sense of place. It comes from old vines, some older than 43 years, and they make certain to hand-harvest amidst the cool of the morning, so as to keep the newly picked grapes as fresh as possible.

Ross Andrew ages the Celilo Pinot Gris in stainless steel vessels for 4 months, with no oak, so as to maintain the bright and vibrant nature of the grape. During that time, the wine is kept on its lees, so as add a supplementary layer of complexity. It’s an invigorating wine, with just a hint of sweetness in the middle, and a clean dry finish. Starting with clean and pretty fruits of anjou pear, Tuscan melon, white peach, lemon zest and tangerine peel, it moves towards hints of hazelnut, kiwi, and freshly plucked jasmine. The palate has a little bit of residual sugar, which makes for a beautifully viscous wine, and everything is very nicely balanced. An excellent companion to light seafood dishes such as prawns, ceviche, and oysters.

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Ross Andrew 2016 Celilo Vineyard Pinot Gris

Ross Andrew 2016 Celilo Vineyard Pinot Gris

Region: Columbia Gorge

Vineyard(s): Celilo Vineyard

Grape(s): Pinot Gris

Aging: 4 Months on Less in Stainless Steel

Drinkability: Now through 2018

Body: Medium

Alcohol: 13.8% by volume

Drink This if you Like: Nine Hats Pinot Gris, Alsatian Pinot Gris

Food Pairing: Prawns, Ceviche, Oysters

Production: 950 cases



Nicolas Perrin 2012 Saint-Joseph

Collaborative Impulse

Maison Nicolas Perrin 2012 Saint-Joseph

Fellow wine lovers, I don’t think we’ve featured any wines from the Rhone Valley of France yet. No worries, I found a really good one for, just right for today. It’s a new collaborative project, done by two well known wine producers in the Rhone Valley. One partner is the Perrin Family, the people who own Chateau de Beaucastel in the Southern Rhone, perhaps the most famous of all Châteauneuf-du-Pape – also it’s a member of the Perrin Family who is in charge of making the Chateau Miraval Rosé from Provence, the one owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (aka Brangelina). The Perrin family has teamed up with the likes of Nicolas Jaboulet of the Northern Rhone, a highly respected producer of Syrah from the villages of Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage.

Maison Nicolas Perrin 2012 Saint-Joseph $29.99 (Regularly $37)

Saint-Joseph is a village in the Northern Rhone Valley of France, where Syrah in King, near other village such as Croze-Hermitage, Cote-Rotie, and Hermitage. Here they only do Syrah, and virtually nothing else – just sticking to what they’re good at.

This is a big, chewy, chunky wine that goes on, and on… and on. I shared a bottle of it with a few friends, and we agreed that it was only just starting to open up after several hours. It shows lot’s of concentration, with deep, dark, ruby red color. It’s juicy, with lots of red berries, cherries, and blackberry pepper compote. It hints at a barnyard and leathery quality, with a tannic grip in the finish that helps it pair very well with fatty meats – I had it with Rib Eye Steak. Over time, it opens up with more ripe fruits, more than your average French red wine, but still remains distinctly Rhone, exhibiting a certain sense of place. It’s bright up front, lush and silky in the mid-palate, and has a firm finish which softens up with time. There are notes of wild black raspberry bush, and hints of red currant. After several hours, it becomes meaty and savory, with hints of strawberry jam, tobacco, dried figs, and raisins.

Nicolas Perrin 2012 Saint Joseph

Nicolas Perrin 2012 Saint Joseph

We have just 2 cases available, first come first serve.

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Region: Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhone Valley, France
Grape: 100% Syrah
Aging: In 1 and 2 year old French Oak Barrels for 10 Months
Drinkability: Now through 2019
Body: Full Bodied
Alcohol: 13.5% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Rhone, Syrah, Valpolicella, Amarone, Hermitage
Press: 91 Points Wine Spectator, 90 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Food Pairings: Roast Beef, Cigars, Rib Eye
Availability: 2 cases