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Tangent Paragon Vineyard Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Aromatics of orange blossom, pineapple, grapefruit, and a hint of pepper are followed by concentrated flavors of ripe peaches, tangerine, and green apple. Medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a creamy mouthfeel, it pairs well with a wide range of foods including seafood, pasta with light sauces, even grilled sausage.

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WW 91
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The 2016 Tangent Pinot Gris has more flavors than most others producing wine from this grape variety. TASTING NOTES: This wine is rich, textured, and fulfilling. Its aromas and flavors of ripe fruit, savory spices, and earth make it a nice pairing choice with brown butter, seared scallops. (Tasted: May 15, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
W&S 90
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The Niven family farms this pinot gris five miles from the coast and vinifies it in stainless steel. It’s a simple, savory white with refreshing green-apple flavors, ready for a range of foods, from seafood terrine to chicken liver mousse.
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Pale straw-yellow. Pungent pear skin, lemon pith, honey and floral aromas are lifted by a gingery nuance. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering nicely concentrated pear nectar and Meyer lemon flavors that are brightened by an undercurrent of dusty minerality. Smoothly plays weight off energy and finishes long and spicy, displaying resonating, sharply defined citrus fruit character.
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Tangent, 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!

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Edna Valley

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California’s coolest wine growing area, Edna Valley excels in the production of high quality Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Rhône Blends and aromatic white wines. It has a cool Mediterranean climate and an incredibly long growing season, giving late-ripening varieties plenty of opportunity to develop great phenolic complexity.

Its northwest to southeast orientation creates a direct path for cool Pacific air and fog to penetrate the valley from the Los Osos and Morro Bay area inwards. Low hillsides of both calcareous and volcanic soils are home to much of the vineyard acreage of the Edna Valley.

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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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