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Avalon Pinot Grigio 2012

Pinot Gris/Grigio from California
    13.3% ABV
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    13.3% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Our 2012 vintage shows a golden hue. Aromas of melon, orange blossom and citrus get the refreshing mental picture started with a clean ocean minerality and lemon cream finish. An oak note of toasted vanilla contributes to the wine's complexity. The wine drinks of honeydew melon, pear and subtle citrus spice with a round middle and clean finish. The wine shows a light to medium weight with a richness and breadth that satisfies. In a word…sublime!

    Pair this wine with fish sauteed in a butter and lemon sauce. Fresh crab, mussels or chilled melon soup would make nice pairings as well. Grilled chicken, tuna salad or grilled panzanella salad make great summer pairings. Finally, a simple pizza, light summer lasagna or pasta with white sauce would do well with the richness and acidity of the wine.

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    Avalon, California
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    Established in 2001 in bucolic western Sonoma County, Avalon offers approachable, delicious wines of unmatched quality.

    Avalon wines are named after the legendary Isle of Avalon, a place steeped in history and tradition. As we craft Avalon, we meld ancient winemaking techniques with modern technology. We combine thoughtful vineyard selection and intuitive winemaking methods to create a selection of wines that are beautifully balanced and effortlessly enjoyable.

    Savor Avalon wines when you’re looking for an everyday getaway filled with relaxation and renewal. Avalon offers the ideal “go-to” wines for every occasion. 

    California

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    Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from tiny, family-owned boutiques to massive corporations, and price and production are equally varied. Plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Valley area, while Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

    Each American Viticultural Area (AVA) and sub-AVA of has its own distinct personality, allowing California to produce wine of every fashion: from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate vineyard acreage. Sonoma County is best known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône Blends blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with cool climate varieties such as Pinot noir, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, any wine lover will find something to get excited about here.

    Pinot Gris/Grigio

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    Showing a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness, this “white” variety is actually born out of a mutation of Pinot noir. The grape boasts two versions of its name, as well as two generally distinct styles. In Italy, Pinot grigio achieves most success in the mountainous regions of Trentino and Alto Adige as well as in the neighboring Friuli—all in Italy’s northeast. France's Alsace and Oregon's Willamette Valley produce some of the world's most well-regarded Pinot gris wine. California produces both styles with success.

    In the Glass

    Pinot Gris is naturally low in acidity but full ripeness is necessary to achieve and showcase its signature flavors and aromas of stone fruit, citrus, honeysuckle, pear and almond. Alsatian styles are aromatic (think rose and honey), richly textured and sometimes relatively higher in alcohol compared to its Italian counterparts. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is often much lighter, charming and fruit driven.

    Perfect Pairings

    The viscosity of a typical Alsatian Pinot Gris allows it to fit in harmoniously with the region's rich foods like pork, charcuterie and foie gras. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, with its lean, crisp, citrusy freshness, works well as an aperitif wine or with seafood and subtle chicken dishes.

    Sommelier Secret

    Given the color of its berries and aromatic and characterful potential if cared for as it is allowed to fully ripen, the Pinot grigio variety is actually one that is commonly used to make "orange wines." An orange wine is a white wine made in the red wine method, i.e. with fermentation on its skins. This process leads to a wine with more ephemeral aromas, complexity on the palate and a pleasant, light orange hue.

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