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Tangent Paragon Vineyard Pinot Gris 2009

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Central Coast, California
  • WE90
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14% ABV
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  • W&S90
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Winemaker Notes

Framed by a light lemony acidity and vibrant minerality, this Pinot Gris was made in the traditional dry style of northern Italy. It is surprisingly full-bodied, with concentrated flavors of peach, ginger and tropical fruit, with a hint of a pine-resin character. A great wine on its own, tangent pinot gris pairs well with a wide range of foods including seafood, pasta with light sauces, even grilled sausages.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 90
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There's no oak on this delightfully dry wine, although you'd never know it from the rich streak of vanilla and smoky butter that accompanies the orange, apricot, lime and honey flavors. It’s a brilliant success, bright and zesty in acidity, and one of the most satisfying Pinot Gris on the market.
TP 90
Tasting Panel
Bright, racy and minerally with pure acidity and lively citrus fruit; bracing and agile with focus and purity, long and charming.
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Tangent

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Tangent, Central Coast, California
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Tangent is the first domestic winery dedicated solely to producing alternative white wines. Every day is filled with limitless possibilities, all you have to do is reach out to grab them... vibrant is what it’s all about!

Tangent wines are made with this adventurous attitude by their dynamic winemaking team, with over 30 years combined experience crafting wines from our historic estate vineyard. Their focus on refreshing, easy-drinking white wines that go great with a vast variety of foods. They are all made with estate fruit grown on the Niven family’s legendary Paragon Vineyard in the Edna Valley, the coolest AVA in the golden state of California.

This dynamic range of crisp and bright, individual and energetic, unoaked and screw-capped whites currently includes Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Grenache Blanc, and a blend called Ecclestone. They invite you to join them as we explore and savor the many vibrant possibilities that lie ahead!

Central Coast

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

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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