Blue Mountain Pinot Gris, 2012

Nichol Pinot Gris: Our go-to all summer long. If you can find it, it hovers around $22 plus or minus. Lovely, crisp, gorgeous on the patio, has the stamina for gazpacho, cold meats and cheeses. Great party wine. Guests who don’t know wine always like the pale copper hue and the fruit finish. The acidity is a point of conversation. Seriously, it’s so wonderfully social I can’t believe here we are at the end of summer and I haven’t reviewed it. But I haven’t.


And I haven’t reviewed the Nichol PG because, if you know wine, I think the Blue Mountain is better. Better in that it’s more evocative of the grape. Move evocative of the grape of the wine worth drinking. (Yes, that’s a dig at the pale, thin, crap from Italy they serve at gallery openings.) This is a gorgeous, fruity PG which, as it warms, has that almost rancid green peppery note that is actually exciting, that you anticipate with the Nichol but it doesn’t deliver. My only complaint is that there is a sweet spot, temp wise, with this wine that’s hard to achieve. My protocol is out of the fridge with a “cool” sleeve, if you know what I’m talking about, and let it sit for 15 minutes before the first glass. If you drink it slowly, the final glass should be a goblet that’s come from the freezer. Fickle bitch, but worth it.


I applaud the Nichol, inexpensive, approachable. But I covet the Blue Mountain.


Price: $25 (but you can get a case discount at Everything Wine or Kits Wine cellar).


Market Liquidity: No chance in hell I could age this puppy four years.

Last of the summer blooms.  Time to retire the patio sippers.
Last of the summer blooms. Time to retire the patio sippers.
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2 responses to “Blue Mountain Pinot Gris, 2012”

  1. […] It could have been the Haywire Switchback PG. Swoon. De-lovely. The silver label Haywire is the Switchback. But the huge disappointment that came with the white label Haywire (sorry, White Label) was a strike against it. Bleach. Here’s our brown-nose review of the Switchback; we rejected and didn’t review the White. Also the Haywire Bub, another one we didn’t review, didn’t impress either. So it wasn’t Haywire. Nor was it the Nichol PG. Which is a wonderful white if we do say so. In the end it was the Blue Mountain PG. The non-VQA Blue Mountain PG. Vancouver had an atypical long hot lovely summer and nothing drank like home grown PG. Here’s the review. […]

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