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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Pines 1852 Satin White Blend 2006

From the Columbia Gorge in Oregon comes the wonderful Satin White Blend 2006 from The Pines 1852 vineyard.

Made by winemaker Peter Rosback of Sineann, this half-and-half Pinot Gris - Gewürztraminer blend opens with a soft, floral, pink grapefruit-scented nose followed by a lush, mouthfilling palate of peach, nutmeg and spices. The finish is smooth and clean.

Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and the marriage of these two grapes, as wedded by a skillful winemaker, achieves that. About the only wine I can think to compare this one to is Conundrum, a much more complicated blend with a devoted following. If a qualitative judgement as to which wine is "better" is required, I'll leave that to you — but if you like the one, chances are you'll like the other as well.

Satin is available at retail locations in Oregon and Indiana, and (if you live in an enlightened state) by Internet / mail order at about $16 per bottle.
M. Zane Grey, 7:45 AM