King Estate Acrobat Pinot Gris 2009
Pinot Gris/Grigio from Oregon
Acrobat Pinot Gris is an extremely approachable wine and a versatile food companion. It has been consistently praised for it's value, delivering great quality for a modest price.
The color is a pale straw with golden highlights. On the nose there is melon, green apple, citrus, spice and tropical fruit. On the palate there is tangerine, lemon, kiwi and pear. This wine has a crisp entry with nice balance between acidity and residual sugar, round and full mid-palate, with a clean and refreshing finish.
Wine & Spirits - "Clean and citrusy in scent, with a soft leesy note, this brisk gris has a peppery phenolic bite that makes it ideal for pairing with whole-roasted fish."
King Estate Winery
King Estate is a sustainably-farmed 1033-acre certified organic vineyard complex and state of the art winery situated atop the rolling slopes in the Coast Range foothills, near the southern end of Oregon's Willamette Valley. In addition to world-class vineyards, their estate is home to organic orchards, vegetable gardens, and a host of native wildlife; including cougar and black bear. Organically-farmed and managed as a fully-integrated ecosystem, King Estate is also home to an innovative culinary program whose focus is the synergy of local, organically produced food and wine created just outside the winery doors. King Estate's critically-acclaimed Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are available through fine restaurants and retailers around the world. View all King Estate Wines
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Like many other states, Oregon itself is an AVA of note. An Oregon wine can simply state "Oregon" as its place of origin, which typically means the grapes came from multiple smaller AVAs within the state.
Beyond the main AVAs of Oregon, like Willamette Valley, Rogue and Umpqua, smaller regions are gaining ground. Some you may see on the label include:
Walla Walla Valley AVA– these are most often associated with Washington State, but technically they run over the state lines into Oregon. Most wineries only use a small fraction of grapes from the Oregon side in order to maintain a Washington State wine, but you may see some Oregon producers sourcing grapes from those small overlapping AVAs.
Southern Oregon AVA– encompassing the Rogue and Umpqua Valleys, this AVA is a large area where many producers are experimenting with Syrah.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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7 ratings, 3 with reviews310/19/201149/6/2011
Very Light and smooth, Great Pinot Gris. Nice long fruit finish36/24/2011farren kady - North Wales, PA46/22/201156/7/2011Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA33/23/2011Very drinkable, but also not in the same class as its big brother or Benton Lane. For a couple bucks more, better options exist in my opinion.31/26/2011This Acrobat is a great little white wine from an underrated varietal. Pinot Gris, which is actually a mutation of Pinot Noir, is one of the noble varietals in Alsace, France. I have always loved using Alsatian Pinot Gris as a utility player because of its elegance and versatility, but Oregon has definitely staked their claim as one of the top Pinot Gris producers in the world. This wine is filled with lemon grass, kaffir lime leaf, honeysuckle, tangerine and crisp, tart tree fruit like pears and granny smith apples. It is a high acid wine that has a lot of potential to compliment high acid dishes, but it could also be used to contrast fatty dishes by cutting through cream or butter. Food Pairing Suggestions: The Acrobat Pinot Gris would be a fantastic paring with Asian food, especially fried appetizers like egg rolls, wontons or samosas. Just be careful not to pair it with dishes containing too much spice as this wine isn’t sweet enough to cool off those taste buds like a German Riesling. I could see this wine cutting through the fat of heavier dishes like a quiche, chicken pot pie, cream soups or creamed spinach. I think it would also be lovely with light white fish.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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