November 2020 Wine Club White

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2020-11_White2018 PINOT GRIS
In 2018, the growing season was a warmer than average in Oregon, but there were no heat spikes. The days were warm and the nights cool, allowing the vines to develop fruit with great complexity and flavors.

The goal of the winemaker was to create a Pinot Gris with richness and a big mouthfeel but with an elegance and an ability to age. To this end the grapes were picked at peak ripeness and whole clusters were lightly pressed. The must (freshly crushed juice) was cold settled and racked into another stainless steel tank. It was then inoculated with three special strains of yeast, designed to promote rich mouthfeel. Fermentation lasted approximately 5 weeks at 55-60 degrees F. The wine was then aged on the lees, stirring the tank twice monthly.

The winemakers’ notes on this wine say, “Aromas of nectarine, tangerine, lime zest and elderflower lead to a medium-bodied palate revealing fresh flavors of green apple, lychee, honeydew, and pineapple. The wine features a beautiful balance between fruit flavors, refreshing acidity, and a satisfying crisp, lingering finish.”

This wine, made from 100% Pinot Gris, is a pleasing, bright, fresh white that pairs well with a variety of salads, seafood and medium-bodied cheeses. It also pairs well with Asian and Thai cuisine.

This wine is ready to drink now, but will age well into 2021.

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