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Duck Pond Pinot Gris 2017

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750ML / 13% ABV
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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

 #3 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys of 2018

The 2017 Pinot Gris is a beautiful expression of classic Willamette Valley Pinot Gris - expressive and floral, with great acidity and mouthfeel. The wine jumps out of the glass with jasmine and honeysuckle notes on the nose and crisp citrus tones on the palate.

This refreshing sipper makes an excellent accompaniment for lively food dishes. A meal of roasted lemon and tarragon chicken, shrimp scampi or seared halibut cheeks would be a perfect pairing for this refreshing Pinot Gris.

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With exceptional texture and detail, this young wine transcends the vast majority of similarly priced Oregon Pinot Gris. Grapefruit, melon and nectarine flavors are there in abundance, with highlights of lemon zest and defining acidity.

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COMMENTARY: I always look at the Duck Pond label as one of the best values in the marketplace. The 2017 Pinot Gris fits that description well. TASTING NOTES: This is a delicious and well-built white wine. Its aromas and flavors of dried citrus and light mineral notes make it a nice choice with sautéed shrimp in the shell. (Tasted: September 26, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
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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.
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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 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.

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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.

Tasting Notes for Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is a dry, white wine naturally low in acidity. Pinot Grigio wines showcase 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 their Italian counterpart. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is often light and charming.

Perfect Food Pairings for Pinot Grigio

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 citrusy freshness, works well as an aperitif wine or with seafood and subtle chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secrets for Pinot Grigio

Given the pinkish color of its berries and aromatic potential if cared for 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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