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Secret House Pinot Gris 1998

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Clean, fresh, crisp flavors of tropical fruits, with a nice hint of spice. Attractive and well balanced with a touch of sweet fruit and quince aromas.

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Secret House Vineyards Winery, , Oregon
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Secret House Vineyards were initially planted in 1972 to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling. The Pommard and Wadenswil Pinot Noir clones do especially well in the gentle coast range of the Southern Willamette Valley, adding to the rich complexity of the excellent Pinot Noir produced by Secret House. The vineyard is planted on Salkum Silt soil at an elevation of 350 feet. The clay based soil and cool climate, being only 44 miles from the Pacific Ocean, result in low vigor and late ripening. The nature of the growing site and soil conditions necessitate yields of one and a half tons to two tons per acre to achieve a fully mature crop with rich Pinot Noir flavors.

Ron and Patricia Chappel established the current winery in 1991. A small family operated winery, Secret House produces premium award winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, as well as methode champenoise sparkling wines. Produced in small lots, we strive for a varietal character, which delivers a full and exciting taste experience. The vineyard itself has a special character from the terroir (the "earth") that makes the Secret House wines unique.

Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture that is virtually inextricable from wine. Wine grapes are grown just about everywhere throughout the country—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. The defining geographical feature of the country is the Apennine Mountain range, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south. The island of Sicily nearly grazes the toe of Italy’s boot, while Sardinia lies to the country’s west. Climate varies significantly throughout the country, with temperature being somewhat more dependent on elevation than latitude, though it is safe to generalize that the south is warmer. Much of the highest quality viticulture takes place on gently rolling, picturesque hillsides.

Italy boasts more indigenous varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but their use is declining in popularity, especially as younger growers begun to take interest in rediscovering forgotten local specialties. Sangiovese is the most widely planted variety in the country, reaching its greatest potential in parts of Tuscany. Nebbiolo is the prized grape of Piedmont in the northwest, producing singular and age-worthy wines at its best. Other important varieties include Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola, and of course, Pinot Grigio.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

EBW55_1_1998 Item# 41611

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