Review: Lupine Vineyards 2012 "Lyric" Pinot Gris, Chelan AVA

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An intriguing and sexy artisanal Washington Pinot Gris.

ar·ti·san·al [ahr-tuh-zuh-nl, ahr-tiz-uh-]
"pertaining to or noting a high-quality or distinctive product made in small quantities, usually by hand or using traditional methods."

The Lupin Vineyards Pinot Gris was called "Lyric" in Keeping with a theme of music (their Chardonnay is named - "A Cappella", the Viognier - "Madrigal").

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Neglected Pinot Gris.

This is an extremely small production wine. A great deal of TLC went into the making of this Pinot Gris. The Lake Chelan AVA vineyard these grapes were sourced had zero positive attention. No spray, no water, no mowing, no roundup- nothing for more than 5 years.

Without pruning, the clusters had to be hand picked. Only clusters that were both ripe and free of problems were selected. Common thought is that these grapes would be sub-standard at best and probably un-useable. The location, the wind, the minimal ground water source and the neglect conspire to make this a remarkable source for a few barrels.

Are you intrigued?

Tasting Notes

Color: Gold
Nose: Toast, ginger, unripe nectarine.
Palate: Medium body, honey, ginger, chamomile, fresh, creamy, dry, with nectarine on the cheeks, sexy at first taste. Equally refreshing and enjoyable day two. An outdoor sipping wine, enjoy paired with fresh seafood. Highly Recommended + Great Value.

Closure: Natural cork
ABV: 13.65%
AVA: Chelan AVA
Fermented in stainless
SRP: $14 direct
Sample provided by the winery

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This is the first of two samples I received from Lupine Vineyards. The other wine I will review is their 2012 Roses and Ribbons Pinot Noir. Yes! A Washington Pinot Noir. More soon.

About the winemaker: “Robert Anderson is a biologist and winemaker... As Operations Manager at the Seattle Aquarium, his experience in pumps and pipes, process control and chemistry serve him well...” Lupine Vineyards was established in 2010. It is located north of Lake Chelan, in Manson, Washington.

Cheers!

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