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Pinot Gris, Montinore Estate

Pinot Gris, Montinore Estate

Grape Varieties
• 100% Pinot Gris
• 146, 152, and Lett clones

Farming Practices
• Demeter Certified Biodynamic
• CCOF Certified Organic

Terroir
• Sourced from Montinore Estate’s 7 blocks of Pinot Gris
• Laurelwood and Cornelius soil series
• Average 27-year-old vines

Winemaking
• Fermented in stainless steel using a mixture of yeasts, including indigenous
• Sur lies aging in different vessel sizes
• .02% R.S.
• 13.8% abv

Producer:
Vintage:
2018
Country:
United States
Region:
Oregon
Variety:
Pinot Gris/Grigio
Color:
White

Tasting Notes

The 2018 Pinot Gris is a lovely example of the great balance that can be achieved with this variety in the Northern Willamette Valley. Each of the seven blocks used to craft this wine were harvested and fermented separately, then artfully blended to create the best expression of the site. Fragrant, fruit-forward wafts of rose talc, melon, candied pineapple, and lemon zest introduce this bright and bountiful Pinot Gris. Juicy white pear, green apple and a hint of pie crust linger on the creamy palate. The quenching finish is crisp, refreshing and lengthy.

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Press & Reviews

Vinous Media

Score:
91
Date:
2020-09-01
Review:
Extremely pale, vaguely hazy onion skin. Ripe pear, melon and hyacinth scents are complemented by a subtle touch of honey. Round and seamless in texture, offering open-knit orchard and pit fruit flavors and a subtle touch of succulent herbs. More on the weighty, Alsace side of this varietal equation than on the Italian side. The long, floral-driven finish shows good clarity and a hint of herbacity. There's a lot going on here for such a reasonably priced wine; I imagine that the hipster crowd would happily pay double and think they'd scored a deal. Maybe they did.