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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2006
Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2006
(search item no. 89813)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 60 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"Crisp, authoritative, dry and racy... very fresh and refreshing, beautifully rendered."
-Wine Enthusiast

Bright, fruity, crisp style. Pretty aromas of fresh young pear, honey, starfruit, honeydew, and flower. Bold and crisp mouth feel with generous flavors of pear, mineral, melon, and spice, interwoven with well-balanced acidity. The Pinot Blanc, picked very ripe, adds emollient mouthfeel, and contributes to the Alsatian style. While the Muscat adds flowery sweetness, the barrel fermented portions of the Auxerrois add a kiss of toast and richness.

The quintessential match with salmon. Wonderful with cheese, shellfish, chicken, salads and white fish.

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About Willamette Valley Vineyards:

United in the dream of building a world class winery in Oregon, thousands of wine enthusiasts joined winegrower Jim Bernau to create Willamette Valley Vineyards, which is regarded as one of Oregon's top wineries. Since 1983, the winery has grown to produce some of the highest-rated Pinot Noirs in the U.S. Wine Enthusiast magazine has named Willamette Valley Vineyards one of "America's Great Pinot Noir Producers." Their wines have been served at the White House and are recommended by wine critic and author Andrea Immer, Food Network's Rachael Ray and Public Broadcasting's chefs Caprial and John Pence.

Willamette Valley Vineyards' goal is to make the highest quality Burgundian varietals possible from the Willamette Valley. Their approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management, and achieve wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. Bernau's stylistic emphasis is on pure varietal fruit characters, with attention to depth and richness of mouth feel and balance.

The people of Willamette Valley Vineyards are deeply committed to being good stewards of the land using natural means to promote soil nutrition and vine health. Both the Estate and Tualatin vineyards are LIVE certified and designated "Salmon Safe" by the Pacific Rivers Council.