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Monday, November 05, 2007

2006 Lachini Vineyards Pinot Gris

This Oregon producer is better known for it's Pinot Noir but this Pinot Gris is a fantastic example of the amazing quality coming out of Oregon. In fact, I think this has become my new recommendation for Pinot Gris, replacing Elk Cove which is also an extremely good domestic Gris. The aromas that spring forth from the glass are beautiful, bright, and fresh and fill the area with a bouquet of honey suckle,ripe tangerine, kumquat, lemon curd(yeast), and floral notes. The flavors are also quite intense and grip down on your tongue with brilliant acidity, lemon-lime, honey suckle, and tangelo are accompanied by a luscious and rich texture from 7 months aging before bottling. I thought this wine was passed through some neutral oak because of the round texture but I was wrong when I read the label and it said 100% stainless steal. This is my perfect example of this varietal and I score it 93 points.

 
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