Foris Pinot Gris 2012 Front Label
Foris Pinot Gris 2012 Front Label

Foris Pinot Gris 2012

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750ML / 14.2% ABV
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750ML / 14.2% ABV

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This Estate Pinot Gris is whole cluster pressed to gently extract the juice and avoid the color and bitterness that is imbedded in the purple/grey skins of the grape. We use a selection of aromatic yeasts that lift the fruit attributes and build body and texture. Our goal is to produce a Pinot Gris that is tangy and mouthwatering, smooth and rich with a lingering minerality. Aromas are a mix of pear, Fuji apple, Honeydew melon, and wildowers. While full-bodied, there is a refreshing balance that almost seems delicate, highlighting the fresh fruit attributes that were captured from a cool fermentation is stainless steel.

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Bright and lively, with an appealing vitality to the green melon, ripe pear and delicately floral flavors, lingering on the focused finish.
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Foris Vineyards Winery, Oregon
Foris is located in the coastal Siskiyou Mountains just six miles from the Oregon/California border. The diverse Rogue River Valley appellation comprises three distinct valleys with progressively warmer microclimates. Foris produces a Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from its Klipsun Vineyard overlooking the Yakima River in Washington State.
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As the the largest region in the greater Southern Oregon AVA, bordering California, the Rogue Valley AVA grows the most diverse array of grape varieties compared to any other Oregon appellation.

The Rogue Valley AVA is actually made up of three adjacent river valleys—not just one as its name suggests—Bear Creek, Applegate and Illinois. These valleys extend from the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains, a coastal sub range of the Klamath Mountains. Most Rogue Valley vineyards are planted on hillsides at elevations of 1,200 to 2,000 feet where soils are metamorphic, sedimentary and volcanic.

On one end Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Tempranillo, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc benefit from a warm and dry climate. To the west end of the Rogue Valley, cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat and Gewürztraminer do best. Dolcetto, Grenache and Zinfandel also grow in the Rogue Valley AVA.

Early European settlers first started growing grapes here in the 1840s, the most famous of whom was a pioneer named, Peter Britt. He also opened Oregon’s first official winery (which later closed in 1907). Today, besides its great wines, the region is known for the Britt Music & Arts festival, which inhabits Peter Britt’s former hillside estate, and the Ashland, Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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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.

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