An Outstanding case for Christmas

By on December 8, 2013

Oak Knoll Winery 2011 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $14

oak-knoll-winery-pinot-gris-2011-bottleBest Buy! Founding winemaker Ron Vuylsteke’s grandfather made wine in Saint-Emilion but fled Bordeaux as tensions mounted prior to World War I, landing in Oregon. Jeff Herinckx now handles the winemaking at this historic Hillsboro property, well into its fourth decade, and he’s made Pinot Gris a specialty. This no-oak offering from three vineyards — Dion (Cornelius), Sheppard (Sherwood) and Wirtz in Forest Grove — carries aromas of dusty white-fleshed tree fruit such as peaches, apples and Asian pear, along with notes of fresh linen and herbs de Provence. The theme of fresh flavors continues down that orchard road with white peach and nectarine before delicious acidity arrives with grapefruit and lemon zest.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 2,300 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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