Sitting down in the PS Tasting Studio for the first time this year, I had a chance to revisit the wines of Covey Run, which now reside within the Gallo portfolio. It is interesting the ballyhoo being made of all Gallo’s products and their apparent (albeit covert) domination of the wine business here in the States, and even more interesting given the fact that Covey Run and their sibling winery, Columbia, have been one of those “hot potato” brands in recent years, passed around the business from broker to broker like cannonballing at a stoner party.
With the most current vintages my punk soul brother, The David Show was armed, I get to the Covey Run wines first (the Columbia wines come later):
Covey Run Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2010. Grade=Very Good. A bit weedy up front, yet showing some yellow apple, lemon peel and nectarine notes, finishing with clementines, quince and kumqwat notes.
Covey Run Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2011. Grade=Very Good. Tart lime, kiwi and lemon notes with undertones of jalapeno skin, thyme and cilantro. Nice acidity at the finish.
Covey Run Gewurtztraminer Columbia Valley 2010. Grade=Very Good. Aromas of frangipane, litchi and pickled ginger, with flavors of sweet pear and apple fruits. A nice, sweeter-style Gewurtztraminer.
Covey Run Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010. Grade=Very Good. Elements of black cherries, black licorice, vanilla, cinnamon, mineral and soy in this solid, medium-bodied red.
Covey Run Merlot Columbia Valley 2010. Grade=Okay. Earthy and peaty with slight mulberry notes. Flavors of blueberries and dried earth peak out at times.