2000 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley
On the palate the wine shows richness, intense sweet fruit and that special mineral quality. The intense aromas of melon, apricot and citrus zest make it a fine accompaniment to shellfish, crab, salmon, spicy fare, and salad dishes.
The fruit is hand-harvested from select hillside vineyards in the northern Willamette Valley. Our estate Pinot Gris is planted in a high-density format, which undergoes shoot and crop thinning for low yields.
The Willamette Valley has the perfect climate for this delicate cool weather white wine. We have enough sunlight and warmth for ripening, but our cool evenings help retain varietal character and prevent over-ripening. We whole-cluster press our pinot gris grapes, then ferment the juice at very cool temperatures in small stainless steel tanks. This gentle treatment protects the aromatic qualities and enhances the natural richness of the Pinot Gris grapes, creating our most popular white wine.
- Vine Age 5-20 years
- Yield 2.9 tons/acre
- Harvest Sugars 24 Brix
- pH 3.35
- Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.
- Cases Produced 7,000
88 Points “Soft, ripe and generous with its apricot-scented pear, melon and citrus flavors…”
– Wine Spectator (April 30, 2002)
Excellent! “This Yamhill County winery has crafted a delicious gris…”
– Wine Press Northwest (October 31, 2001)
Excellent! “This Pinot Gris is a dandy…”
– Wine Press Northwest (April 16, 2002)
91 Points 3 Star Award
– Wine & Spirits (March 31, 2002)
– Restaurant Wine (December 31, 2001)
4 Stars. “A delicious example of Oregon pinot gris that’s substantial and concentrated…”
– New York Times (April 17, 2002)