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Founder, Jim Bernau, purchased the Estate site in 1983 and cleared away the old pioneer plum orchard hidden in scotch...Read more...
Tight, focused and citrussy on the nose with fine aromas of white flowers, lime, lime leaf and talc. Almost a touch sweet on entry, this is clear, ... Read more
Decidedly lemony on the nose with a touch of honeycomb and a shaving of nutmeg. This is bright on entry, though it shows some excess weight that l... Read more
2011 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris Willamette Valley OR 13% $17 Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris Willamette Valley
Tight, focused and citrussy on the nose with fine aromas of white flowers, lime, lime leaf and talc. Almost a touch sweet on entry, this is clear, bright and focused in the mouth, very medium/light bodied with fine clarity on the palate delivering mineral based slightly creamy green apple and citrus based flavors. This is very easy to drink and endlessly refreshing with a long, bright, clear succulent finish. It;’s not the biggest or most complex Pinot out there but it is delicious. 88pts
Decidedly lemony on the nose with a touch of honeycomb and a shaving of nutmeg. This is bright on entry, though it shows some excess weight that lends the wine a rich mouthfeel but covers some of the fruit flavors. There’s a ton of acid here, so this manages to fight off that extra weight through most of the mid-palate; but the back end is a bit clumsy, as is the sugar-lengthened finish. 84pts
2011 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris Willamette Valley OR 13% $17
Had this at their tasting room in McMinnville, OR. Good nose with notes of citrus/meyer lemon and light floral notes that reminded me of white flowers. On the palate this one was a little different, with lots of tart green apple and key lime flavors. Moderate length but not really very acidic. I would have liked to see a clearer finish with more "pop" if that makes sense...this one kind of quietly fades away. I do like this wine, but it's not love.
this is truly a salmon wine as they insist on the label. but the trick is to have the sips first and then the bites of salmon. it really brings out the creaminess of medium-rare salmon. great focused acidity that lingers on the long finish. it also has the grapefruit tartness of a new zealand sauv blanc.
- Tasted at Lee's Wine Experience 11/7/09
Light and airy on the tongue, with a strong enough finish to be satisfying. Pear and honeydew on the nose. Satisfying mouth feel with generous flavors of pear, mineral, melon, and spice, and well-balanced acidity. Simply another quality Oregon Pinot Gris.
Crisp and fruity; somewhat dry with lovely honeydew melon and fresh pear aromas, medium body, balanced acidity. A fuller, spicier wine than an Italian-style Pinot Grigio, this lovely Oregon Pinot Gris is rich and lush and pairs perfectly with salmon. Delightful.
External Reviews for Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris Willamette Valley
Smooth and silky, with pear and melon flavors riding harmoniously over the dry finish, echoing nicely. This integrates its elements especially well. Drink now.
Light and fresh, brimming with nectarine and melon fruit, lingering on the open-textured finish. Drink now.
Silky and shimmering, this willowy gris from estate sources in Salem leads with ripe apple and spicy pineapple scents. Its heft is supported by lively acidity; for all its weight the wine feels like a jib filled with wind, with a taut and vibrant finish that suggests serving it with pork schnitzel.
A Pinot Gris that goes the extra mile, with good definition of flavors, notably lots of spice and citrus rind. Edgy, tart and racy, yet also full-bodied, it shows good persistence and a sense of layers, not just length.
Crisp, authoritative, dry and racy. The fruit mixes apple and pear, then heads off into a finish that is underscored with mineral and light fennel. Very fresh and refreshing, beautifully rendered.
Light and tangy, showing citrus and pear flavors at modest levels. Drink now.
Bright and refreshing, with a resiny edge to the peach and melon flavors, finishing soft. Drink now.
Founder, Jim Bernau, purchased the Estate site in 1983 and cleared away the old pioneer plum orchard hidden in scotch broom and blackberry vines. He planted Pinot Noir (Pommard and Wadenswil clones), Chardonnay (Dijon and Espiguette) and Pinot Gris. In the beginning he hand watered the vines with thousands of feet of hose. Numerous classes at UC Davis, and seminars from here to France, sharpened Jim’s viticultural skills and in 1989 he was ready to build his dream. A world class winery in the Willamette Valley-and make cool-climate varietals, especially Pinot Noir, in sufficient quantities to be served and sold in the best restaurants and bottle shops in the world. A combination of determination and extraordinary people has brought Willamette Valley Vineyards from an idea to one of the region's leading wineries, earning the title "One of America's Great Pinot Noir Producers," from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This 'Pinot Gris' shows bright, fruity, refreshing style with aromas of pear layered over a light citrus backbone and complemented by honeydew and green apple in the nose. A creamy, round mouthfeel highlights the nicely balanced acidity. Flavors open with fresh green apple, complemented by a bold minerality and notes of tropical fruit, leading into starfruit flavors in the finish with just a hint of sweetness. The small addition of Pinot Blanc, picked very ripe, adds emollient mouthfeel, and contributes to this classic Oregon style. While the Muscat adds flowery sweetness, the barrel fermented portions of the Pinot Gris add a kiss of toast and richness. The quintessential match with salmon. Wonderful with cheese, shellfish, chicken, salads and white fish. Serve chilled and allow to warm in the glass for optimal enjoyment.
Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable
29,280 cases produced.
|Alcohol: 13%||pH: 3.34|
|Sugar: .6 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 5.9 grams per liter|
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