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Portlandia Winery Pinot Gris 2014

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Winemaker Notes

    Aromas of Granny Smith Apples, Anjou pears and ripe Meyer Lemons with a hint of light clove. Aromas repeat on the palate with a lingering, crisp medium-long finish. Balanced acidity and mouthfeel. A classic Oregon style of Pinot Gris. Hold for up to 3-5 years or consume now.

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    Portlandia Winery

    Portlandia Winery

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    Portlandia Winery, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    The passion at Portlandia is to bring the best of what Oregon's Willamette Valley has to offer in both wine and lifestyle. We start with some natural advantages. The cool climate and coastal influences make Oregon's pinot noir and pinot gris some of the best in the world. But producing good wine in this climate still requires an enormous effort made possible only by a very creative and talented team.

    Winemaker Judith Thoet seeks out sources of fine wine to create the perfect blend for the brand. Prior to joining the Portlandia team in 2013, Judy honed her skills at a variety of companies in the industry. In 2005 Judy accepted a position at Sagelands where she eventually became assistant winemaker. Judy went on to spend crush in 2012 at Grand Cru Estates in Yamhill, OR, where she further refined her knowledge of Pinot Noir production and the unique terroir of the Willamette Valley. Judy is a champion for the region and believes in producing attention-demanding Oregon wines.

    Portlandia is a peaceful, concerned, edgy wine that demands your attention with depth and drinkability for every occasion. What makes Portlandia special is its view on life—play hard, work later—like only an Oregonian can understand. Cheers!

    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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