Benson Vineyards Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2006
Centered on Lake Chelan in north central Washington, only about one percent of the region’s total area is planted to vine. The lake is large enough to moderate the weather patterns for its surrounding vineyards; the region supports a large variety of grape varieties.
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.