Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
Best Buy! The remarkable versatility and understated nature of Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills growing region is evident in this delightful example of Pinot Gris by Canoe Ridge Vineyard in Walla Walla. New Zealand native Haydn Mouat took over at Canoe Ridge Vineyard in 2018, but he’s no stranger to our corner of the world having worked at storied Seven Hills Winery in 2002 prior to moving to Waterbrook and then to California for work with Gallo. His Pinot Gris for CRV does not pull from its namesake vineyard but another Precept-controlled vineyard upstream on the Columbia River from Canoe Ridge — The Benches near Wallula Gap. Mouat uses no oak in this Pinot Gris program, which opens the door to fresh aromas and flavors of guava, white peach and cotton candy. Those sensations are backed by delicious lemon/lime acidity and pinch of mint leaf to tighten up the finish.
Rated “Outstanding” by Great Northwest Wine (13% alc.)
Cases produced: 4,367
Food pairings: The rhyme “Pinot Gris and things from the sea” applies here, and it’s also ideal with grilled white meat, summertime salads or a plate of cheese with fresh-cut vegetables.
Walla Walla tasting room
45 E. Main St.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
The Canoe Ridge Vineyard tasting room is closed during the pandemic, but curbside pickup is available.
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