A Wine for Tonight: 2012 Canoe Ridge Vineyard Expedition Pinot Gris

By Kori ~ April 17th, 2013.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to check out the 2012 Canoe Ridge Vineyard Expedition Pinot Gris from the Horse Heaven Hills of Washington State.

Our selection criteria include:

  • A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
  • A price tag of <=$20
  • Must be widely available

Canoe Ridge Vineyard, located in Walla Walla, Washington, was established in 1994. The estate vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA was first planted in 1989. Canoe Ridge sources the majority of its grapes from the estate vineyard. The winery and vineyard get their name from the estate vineyard site near the Columbia River which explorers Lewis and Clark thought looked like an overturned canoe. Bill Murray, who got his start in Napa, California, was named head winemaker for Canoe Ridge Vineyard in 2011. Its annual production is about 70,000 cases.

“Crisp and juicy, featuring a great blend of lemon, lime, green apple and peach notes. Lively acidity balances with honeysuckle and lemongrass on the lingering finish.” –Winemaker Bill Murray

2012 Canoe Ridge Vineyard Expedition Pinot Gris (Horse Heaven Hills, Washington): Pale, straw yellow in color. Very aromatic with gorgeous floral and lemon zest aromas. Gardenias, lime, and orange come through on the palate. Dry and light-bodied with crisp acidity and a long, refreshing finish. Residual Sugar: 0.8%
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $14; Available elsewhere, $13 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

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