Willamette Valley Vineyards 2013 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $16

By on April 20, 2015

willamette-valley-vineyards-pinot-gris-nv-bottleThere’s speculation that within a decade, production of Chardonnay in Oregon will eclipse that of Pinot Gris. That’s difficult to imagine if others follow the price point and style developed by Jim Bernau’s team at Willamette Valley Vineyards, which produces about 10 times as much Pinot Gris as Chardonnay. Oak-free aromas of apricot, white peach and Asian pear pick up a hint of tropical pineapple notes. Peach and pear flavors dominate the bright and balanced structure, where the droplet of residual sugar (0.6%) merely bevels the edges of the acidity and creates more length, where a rub of lavender is found in the finish. This earned a silver medal at the 2015 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Awards, and suggested fare includes Grilled Halibut with Mango Salsa, Chicken Piccata or Saffron Rice with Honey and Raisins.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 24,000 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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