Underwood Cellars Pinot Gris 2017
The grapes for our Underwood Pinot Gris come from a few of our favorite vineyards from across the Willamette and Umpqua Valleys. The Willamette Valley fruit brings fresh acidity and citrus to the wine while the southern Oregon fruit adds stone and tropical fruit components. These wines are fun, refreshing, elegant and transparent. This pinot gris was fermented in 100% stainless steel and sur lee aged for 4 months. It strikes a beautiful balance between citrus and tropical. It is focused and refreshing on the palate.
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This exceptionally lively, all stainless Pinot Gris has more natural fruit complexity than most unoaked Chardonnays, at half the price. Lime, apple and white peach fruit, along with compelling minerality, make this surefire for seafood, simple poultry and mild cheeses.
Underwood Cellars embodies the spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Their wines reflect the vast bounty of fruit that the diverse climate, geology, and slopes produce here in the Northwest.
Their Pinot Noir comes from distinct vineyards throughout Oregon. They look for sites that give them diversity, low elevation for ripeness and intensity, high elevation for acidity and aromatics. From Walla Walla to Dundee to Melrose, Oregon, these sites allow them to create this truly Oregon Pinot Noir.
Home to some of America’s most celebrated Pinot Noir, Oregon maintains a tight focus on small production, high quality wine even while the state’s industry enjoys steady growth. As a world-renowned wine region, Oregon has more than 700 wineries and is home to well over 70 grape varieties. With a mostly Mediterranean climate, its cooler and wetter regions lie in the west, close to the Pacific Coast.
By far the most reputed region is the Willamette Valley, which is further subdivided into six smaller appellations: Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge and Yamhill-Carlton.
The Valley’s obvious success story is with Pinot Noir, which here takes on a personality that could be described in general terms as somewhere in between the wines of California and Burgundy—and is often more affordable than either one. The best Willamette Pinot noir has a rare combination of red and black fruit, elegant balance, high acidity and rustic earth. While completely enjoyable in their youth, some of the better, single vineyard or appellation-specific Pinot noirs can often benefit from some cellar time.
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.
Tasting Notes for Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio is a dry, white wine naturally low in acidity. Pinot Grigio wines showcase 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 their Italian counterpart. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is often light and charming.
Perfect Food Pairings for Pinot Grigio
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 citrusy freshness, works well as an aperitif wine or with seafood and subtle chicken dishes.
Sommelier Secrets for Pinot Grigio
Given the pinkish color of its berries and aromatic potential if cared for 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.