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Saturday, July 25, 2009

2007 Vin du Lac Grisant! Pinot Gris

This Pinot Gris from Washington's Columbia Valley appellation, is a really great example of the varietal, and has me excited about the kind of quality Pinot Gris that can be produced in Washington. It reminds me a lot of the Oregon style Gris with it's weighty texture and mouth filling fruit flavors.

On the nose I get aromas of honeydew melon, pear, grapefruit, kiwi, and lots of mixed citrus fruits. Those citrus notes translate onto the palate where I get flavors of tangerine, grapefruit, and some really nice honeysuckle.

I really like the mouth coating texture and the full bodied style of this wine, but at the same time it has nice sharp acidity to help it finish cleanly. If this is the kind of Pinot Gris that can be made in Washington state then Oregon will have some nice friendly competition. 89+ points

Mark said...

Interesting stuff. I can see a real competition starting between parts of the central coast of California, Oregon and Washington with a few varietals with the Pinot's being at the front of the list.

 
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