2013 Eisold-Smith "Edel" Columbia Gorge White Blend (Previously $17)

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48% Gewurztraminer (Oak Ridge Vineyard) 12% Pinot Gris and 8% Riesling (Underwood Mountain Vineyard) blend from Eisold Smith Wines, the incredible new Oregon project of wine industry veterans Lauren Eisold and Adam Smith.

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By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/3/2016 | Send Email
What's this, WHAT'S THIS. There's magic in the air! Ok. It's not actually magic- it's pretty darn close, though. It's the fragrant stone fruit and dried flowers in the air from this compelling blend of white wine from Washington. Although the wine maker hasn't come forth with a blend that amounts to 100 percent of the wine, we aren't scoffing at how delicious it still is. Bright, lovely, lifted, and #@!%&#, were all descriptors found on my notes at the end of the tasting. Hands down, my new favorite white wine to take home, and priced to sell!

By: Nicole Osmanski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/3/2016 | Send Email
If you're a fan of German and Alsatian white wine, you know how difficult it can be to find domestic examples of Riesling and Gewurztraminer that measure up. Gewurtz, especially, is often maligned and misunderstood: "too floral", "not enough acid," "too sweet" are common complaints. Eisold-Smith's Edel - a Gewurtz blended with Riesling and Pinot Gris - is a great example of how good this noble grape can be with the right terroir and winemaker. Lauren Eisold studied winemaking in Germany and her restrained, delicately perfumed, fresh take on this Gewurz blend certainly reflects that. Mandarin orange and citrus blossom fill out the bouquet, with a lovely honeyed richness rounding out the still fresh and crisp palate. This wine is a find.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/2/2016 | Send Email
Talk about easy drinking. If you're looking to branch out from your single varietal slump, this white blend is interesting, fresh, clean, and has tons of personality. The wine has gorgeous aromatics of ripe stone fruit and an unbelievable texture worthy of sipping on its own or with food.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2016 | Send Email
Recently I have been trying more white blends from various places and been really enjoying the break from single varietal whites. I picked up this bottle on a whim and did not see any notes in our system about it, but I thought the blend looked interesting. Not having any expectations I was blown away with how much I enjoyed it. The wine is perfectly balanced and understated. You get a hint of honey and floral notes from the Riesling and a touch of weight and spice from the Gewurztraminer. The finish has a lovely minerality from the Pinot Gris and the whole wine was just incredibly enjoyable. The blend is also odd because the breakdown of varietals on the label only adds up to 68%, but as Bryan (the buyer) said to me after I tasted it "68% of awesome is still awesome!"

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