Oak Knoll Winery 2011 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $14

By on October 21, 2013

oak-knoll-winery-pinot-gris-2011-bottleBest Buy! Founding winemaker Ron Vuylsteke’s grandfather made wine in Saint-Emilion but fled Bordeaux as tensions mounted prior to World War I, landing in Oregon. Jeff Herinckx now handles the winemaking at this historic Hillsboro property, well into its fourth decade, and he’s made Pinot Gris a specialty. This no-oak offering from three vineyards — Dion (Cornelius), Sheppard (Sherwood) and Wirtz in Forest Grove — carries aromas of dusty white-fleshed tree fruit such as peaches, apples and Asian pear, along with notes of fresh linen and herbs de Provence. The theme of fresh flavors continues down that orchard road with white peach and nectarine before delicious acidity arrives with grapefruit and lemon zest.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 2,300 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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