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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

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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 temperate 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 even 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. The silty loess found in the Chehalem Mountains, somewhere in between the other two in texture, is fertile and well-draining but erodes easily, creating challenges for growers but necessitating careful vineyard management.

    The celebrated Pinot Noir of the Willamette Valley typically offers supple red fruit, especially cranberry, without the powerful punch often packed by its California counterparts. Elegance is paramount here, and fruit flavors are balanced by forest floor, wild mushroom, and dried herbs—much more in line with Burgundian examples of the variety. Chardonnay too takes its inspiration from the French motherland, focusing on tart, crisp fruit and minerality, rarely relying upon heavy new oak. Pinot Gris here is fleshy and bright, and Riesling is dry, aromatic, and citrus-focused.

    Pinot Gris/Grigio

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    One grape variety with two very distinct personas, Pinot Gris in France is rich, round, and aromatic, while Pinot Grigio in Italy is simple, crisp, and refreshing. In Italy, Pinot Grigio is grown in the mountainous regions of Trentino, Friuli, and Alto Adige in the northeast. In France it reaches its apex in Alsace. Pinots both “Gris” and “Grigio” are produced successfully in Oregon's Willamette Valley as well as parts of California, and are widely planted throughout central and eastern Europe.

    In the Glass

    Pinot Gris is naturally low in acidity, so full ripeness is necessary to achieve and showcase its signature flavors and aromas of stone fruit, citrus, honeysuckle, pear, and almond skin. Alsatian styles are aromatic, richly textured and often relatively high in alcohol. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is much more subdued, light, simple, and easy to drink.

    Perfect Pairings

    Alsace is renowned for its potent food–pork, foie gras, and charcuterie. With its viscous nature, Pinot Gris fits in harmoniously with these heavy hitters. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, with its lean, crisp, citrusy freshness, works better with simple salads, a wide range of seafood, and subtle chicken dishes.

    Sommelier Secret

    Outside of France and Italy, the decision by the producer whether to label as “Gris” or “Grigio” serves as a strong indicator as to the style of wine in the bottle—the former will typically be a richer, more serious rendition while the latter will be bright, fresh, and fun.

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