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Duck Pond Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • WE89
  • WW89
13.9% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

#96 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys of 2017

Duck Pond Pinot Gris is characterized by its tropical aromas and bright acidity. Flavors and aromas of lemon curd, nectarine, elderflower, grapefruit dominate, finishing crisp and dry. This wine makes an excellent partner for shellfish, sushi, and most hors-d'oeuvres.

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Light tawny in color, this palate-pleasing effort boasts stone fruit, orange blossom and fresh herb flavors. It's elegant and food-friendly in style, with the sort of detail that usually comes with a higher price tag.
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COMMENTARY: Duck Pond has always been a dark horse amongst the "value wines" in my cupboard. I never pass the wine up because they can be surprisingly good for the money. TASTING NOTES: The 2016 Duck Pond Pinot Gris is pretty fine. This wine shows up with zesty core fruit and refreshing minerality. Pair it with lightly breaded, grilled flounder. (Tasted: March 1, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
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Duck Pond, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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The family of Duck Pond Cellars is dedicated to producing wines of premium quality at affordable prices. Doug and Jo Ann Fries started making wine in 1989 from their thirteen acre vineyard planted in 1986. It wasn't long before they realized the potential Willamette Valley had for wine producing. By 1993 Doug and Jo Ann had planted over one hundred and eighty acres in Oregon and began to look to Washington and its potential for producing outstanding Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Currently, the family's vineyard stands at 680 acres divided between the two states.

Willamette Valley

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One of Pinot Noir’s most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a Mediterranean climate moderated by a Pacific Ocean influence, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture—warm and dry summers allow for steady, even ripening, and frost is rarely a risk during spring and winter.

Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation, cooler vineyard sites. The three prominent soil types here create significant differences in wine styles between 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. Silty, loess soils are found in the Chehalem Mountains.

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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