Foris Pinot Gris 2009
Pinot Gris/Grigio from Rogue River Valley, Oregon
2009 gave us a slightly warmer than average growing season, punctuated by a very hot spell at harvest. It was a bit of a scramble to get the fruit in ahead of the heat wave, but working around the clock we managed to bring in a crop of fully ripe, yet very fresh and lively tasting Pinot Gris. The resulting wine shows lovely pear and apple aromas with just a hint of stone fruits. A firm yet broad texture on the palate is framed by the wines natural acidity and the surprisingly long finish shows subtle mineral and spice notes along with Asian pears and quince.
Wine Enthusiast - "Foris has Pinot Gris dialed in, showcasing the subtle, delicate flavors perhaps closer to Italian Pinot Grigio than other, big, fruity domestic bottlings. The winery location,– in the cool Illinois Valley of southwest Oregon, puts an Alpine twist on the flavors–lemon peel, pineapple, lime, and just a touch of honey. Best Buy."
Foris Vineyards Winery
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. View all Foris Vineyards Winery Wines
About Rogue River ValleyThe Rogue River Valley is located in southern Oregon, near the towns of Medford and Ashland. Though primarily known for its orchards, vineyard land and wineries are increasing. In the higher elevation areas, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris do best, while in the warmer, lower elevations, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc are finding some success.
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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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%.
Wine Style Guide
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.