Above average Pinot Gris. Aromas of tangerine, honey, and a bit of spice. As with most Pinot Gris', this is fuller bodied and much creamer in texture than the lighter bodied, crisper Pinot Grigios that seem to dominate the retail shelves. Very enjoyable and paired nicely with a blackened Caesar salad.
Finding some fantastic white wines in my cellar and came across the King Estate Pinot Gris 2009 (Oregon Signiture). With the 2009 date, thought it would be a good time to give it a whirl. Daybright and very clear in the glass. On the nose, lots of tangerine, ripe pear, and even a hint of floral and herb. Tantalizing to say the least! On the palate, pure bliss! Bursting with bright citrus, ripe pear, and soft green apple flavors! Even a teasing of white peach and almond emerging on the finish. The mouthfeel was full with a perfect balance of fruit, herb, and acidity. Lingering finish which begs you to taste more! I drank this on its own but it would be a perfect wine with fresh summer salads, seafood, light pasta's, and light to medium cheeses. I would drink this now if you have a 2009 in your cellar! Or at least before the end of summer.
So I do give this wine a 91 on my SiNoTas scale. (Sight, Nose, Taste). It really was the Trifecta for me in all senses and about as close to perfect as I have found. Going to seek out another 2009 this week and also the current vintage since King Estate always seems to be dependable in quality. WineSplashing!
A light golden straw color. Apples, pears, flint, peach pit, white pepper, lemon zest, and a floral note on the very mellow and relaxing nose. Light body and tart, juicy acidity. A big initial hit of white fruit and then citrus and minerality take over. Nice length on the mouthwatering finish. The perfect wine for dinner on the deck on a hot day.
Tasted it blind against Santa Margherita for the purpose of demonstrating to Santa Margherita die-hards the wide-spread availability of Pinot Grigio/Gris that are superior in taste and less expensive. It had plusher peach and some honey and pineapple that made it more appealing than Santa Margherita's excessive grass and hint of petrol (the King Estate made the Santa Margherita taste a little NZ Sauvignon Blanc-like - very interesting). Good job Oregon.
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