By Kori ~ March 22nd, 2012.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2010 Mercer Estates Pinot Gris from the Columbia Valley of Washington State.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
The Mercer and Hogue families founded Mercer Estates, located in Prosser, Washington, in 2006. Rob and Brenda Mercer of Mercer Canyons in the Horse Heaven Hills and Ron and Barb Harle of Hogue Ranches in the Yakima Valley lead the partnership. Both families have long histories in the Washington wine industry. Mercer Estatesâ€™ vineyards are located in the Horse Heaven Hills and the Yakima Valley. David Forsyth, who has over 25 years experience working in the Columbia Valley, leads the winemaking team for Mercer Estates.
â€œA nose full of ripe honeydew melon and pear continues on the palate complimented by racy green apple and nice minerality. A slight herbal note, reminiscent of fresh mown hay, adds complexity to the flavor profile. The mouth is broad and filling with good acidity and a refreshing finish; pairs well with seafood, especially mussels or clams.â€ â€“Winemaker David Forsyth
2010 Mercer Estates Pinot Gris (Columbia Valley, Washington State): 100% Pinot Gris. Pale straw yellow. Pleasant nose with lime and floral aromas. Lime and peach as well as a touch of minerality come through on the palate. Dry and light to medium-bodied with very crisp acidity and a long, refreshing finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $12.99; Available elsewhere, $12 to $15
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25