Foris Pinot Blanc 1999

Pinot Blanc from Willamette Valley, Oregon

Item No. 17680
  • white wine
  • WS85
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • WE89

Winemaker's Notes

All of the Pinot Blanc was estate grown on Three Creeks Ranch, one of our three vineyard sites located on the Siskiyou Mountain terrace in the cooler, western reach of Southern Oregons Rogue Valley. We prefer to pick all our Alsatian varieties extremely ripe, fermenting the juice warm (70 degrees) to help bring out the spice and body of the grape. With Pinot Blanc, we hope to pick the fruit after a significant degree of botrytis bunch rot has flourished, as we feel it escalates the quality of the wine produced from this rather neutral grape variety. Botrytis gives the wine its strong ""Alsatian"" character of honeyed richness, lifted nose, and silky, ""full-mouth"" feel. The wine was aged for five months, sur lie, with monthly stirring.

Learn About Foris

Foris is located in the coastal Siskiyou Mountains just six miles from the Oregon/California border. The diverse Rogue River Valley appellation comprises three distinct valleys with progressively warmer microclimates. Foris produces a Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from its Klipsun Vineyard overlooking the Yakima River in Washington State.

Learn About Willamette Valley

(will-AAM-it) Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...

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Learn About Pinot Blanc

Pinot Blanc(pee-no blahnk) Pretty and Simple A mutation of the Pinot family, Pinot Blanc was once commonly mistaken for Chardonnay - it looks quite similar on the vine. But true Pinot Blanc lacks most Chardonnay characteristics. The grape is most at home in Alsace, where it is used both in blends as well as a sole varietal. It's also found in Italy...

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