Apolloni Vineyards L Pinot Gris 2017
Harvested from Apolloni's sustainably farmed estate in the Northern Willamette Valley, this wine is named in honor of Laurine Apolloni. It is Pinot Gris with a twist; partially fermented in French Acacia barrel to highlight and enhance the aromatic qualities of the grape. Opening with tropical fruit and hints of citrus and spice. The wine is light and lively with notes of key lime and pear on the palate. A finish of mandarin and wet pebbles lingers, yet is crisp and refreshing. An excellent pairing for seafood, light pastas and risotto.
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A full, even fleshy wine, which puts a bit of barrel toast (15% was aged in wood) around plump pear fruit. It's well ripened and ready to drink while young and fresh.
Light, bright yellow. Musky pear, white peach and orange zest scents are complemented by a hint of succulent herbs. Chewy and dry, with a bitter pear skin note clinging on the nicely persistent finish. Drinking window: 2020 - 2022.
Apolloni Vineyards, founded in 1999 by Laurine and Alfredo Apolloni, is located in the northernmost region of the Willamette Valley, just 25 miles west of downtown Portland. This location provides a unique microclimate, tucked up against the Oregon Coast Range, with primarily Laurelwood soils. Alfredo’s family winemaking tradition goes back over 150 years from northern Italy. Our vineyard and winery are LIVE Certified with a focus on producing wines that reflect the distinctive characteristics of our site, while showcasing the unique qualities of each vintage.
One of Pinot Noir’s most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a continental climate moderated by the influence of the Pacific Ocean, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture and the production of elegant wines.
Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation vineyard sites.
The valley's three prominent soil types (volcanic, sedimentary and silty, loess) make it unique and create significant differences in wine styles among its vineyards and sub-AVAs. The iron-rich, basalt-based, Jory volcanic soils found commonly in the Dundee Hills are rich in clay and hold water well; the chalky, sedimentary soils of Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton and McMinnville encourage complex root systems as vines struggle to search for water and minerals. In the most southern stretch of the Willamette, the Eola-Amity Hills sub-AVA soils are mixed, shallow and well-drained. The Hills' close proximity to the Van Duzer Corridor (which became its own appellation as of 2019) also creates grapes with great concentration and firm acidity, leading to wines that perfectly express both power and grace.
Though Pinot noir enjoys the limelight here, Pinot gris, Pinot blanc and Chardonnay also thrive in the Willamette. Increasing curiosity has risen recently in the potential of others like Grüner Veltliner, Chenin blanc and Gamay.
This “white” variety is actually born out of a mutation of Pinot Noir and shows a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness. The grape boasts two versions of its name and two generally distinct styles: the crisp, Italian Pinot Grigio and the softer French Pinot Gris. Somm Secret—Given the color of its berries and aromatic potential, Pinot Grigio is commonly used to make "orange wines." An orange wine is a white wine made with fermentation on its skins (similar to red wine making), leading to n orange hued wine with ephemeral aromas and extra complexity.