Portlandia Winery Pinot Gris 2013
Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Aromas of Granny Smith apples, Anjou pears, ripe Meyer lemons with light floral and clove notes. Aromas repeat on palate, with a lingering, crisp medium-long finish. A classic Oregon style Pinot Gris. The crisp acidity of this wine will pair beautifully with fresh Dungeness crab and roasted garlic butter. Drink now.
Wine Enthusiast - "This wine has a crisp, breezy bouquet of salad greens, melon and pear. Fresh and textural, it’s balanced with a lick of wet stone to wrap up."
The passion at Portlandia is to bring the best of what Oregon's Willamette Valley has to offer in both wine and lifestyle. We start with some natural advantages. The cool climate and coastal influences make Oregon's pinot noir and pinot gris some of the best in the world. But producing good wine in this climate still requires an enormous effort made possible only by a very creative and talented team.
Winemaker Judy Thoet hand-selected wine lots predominantly from Larkin Vineyard (between Amity and Dallas, Oregon). Within the effects of the Van Duzer Corridor, this site gets cool breezes from the Pacific during the hot summer months. This affects ripening by allowing for a longer hang-time in the vineyard while maintaining balanced acidity and full maturity of the berries with flavors and complexity.
Peaceful, concerned, edgy wine from the famous grape growing region of Oregon. These idealistic wines demand your attention with depth and drinkability for every occasion. What makes Portlandia special is its view on life—play hard, work later—like only an Oregonian can understand. Cheers! View all Portlandia Winery Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (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 typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
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.
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