Happy Wine Wednesday! With thoughts of a long weekend ahead, I give you a light, aromatic and pleasing Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley.
Pinot Gris is derived from the Pinot Noir grape, giving it anywhere from a pale-pink and orange to even a dusty purple hue. The word gris is French for gray, describing the color some grapes turn. Pinot Gris is naturally low in acidity and high in sugar content, making it a natural growing grape for cooler climates like Oregon and the Northwest United States, Germany and Alsace, France. But other regions are trying it like New Zealand and California. However, the warmer climates run the risk of a higher acidity and alcohol content. Over half of the Willamette Valley in Oregon is Pinot Noir country making this a perfect offshoot from their successful crop.
Kudos Pinot Gris is aromatic on the nose: scents of apricot, citrus and clean minerals. It is slightly tart with lemon and a slight touch of butter on the finish…the long and supple finish. This feels wonderful in your mouth. There is a touch a spice on the finish too. It is light and crisp and could be paired nicely with summer dishes like salads and pastas. But it is clean and so pleasing that it could be enjoyed simply on its own. If you like Sauvignon Blanc or Sancerre, you will love their friend Pinot Gris. Enjoy!