King Estate Acrobat Pinot Gris 2009
Pinot Gris/Grigio from Oregon
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
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.
"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."
Wine & Spirits
Fruity & Smooth
Very Light and smooth, Great Pinot Gris. Nice long fruit finish
Very 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.
This 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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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...
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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:
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Pinot Gris/Grigio(PEE-noh gree/GREE-jee-oh) While Pinot Grigio is in fact the same grape as Pinot Gris (just the Italian take on it), the differences of wine they create can be immense. Pinot Gris' most popular and successful region is Alsace, France, an area of the country that actually puts the name of the grape on the label. Pinot Grigio is the Italian version of the grape,...
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