Pinot Gris rules Oregon’s white wine landscape

By on October 29, 2017

Abiqua Wind Vineyard 2015 Caleb Knorr Estate Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $15

Best Buy! Pete and Marcia Buffington name their wines for members of their family, and they’ve enjoyed consistent success with their grandson Caleb’s Pinot Gris. This vintage marked their sixth as a bonded winery in the Cascade foothills near Salem, Ore., and these grapes benefit from this cooler climate. Bosc pear, dusty Golden Delicious apple and gooseberry aromas are joined by peach on the palate. Its hallmark is the streak of scintillating Meyer lemon acidity that makes for a clean, crisp and refreshing finish. The Buffingtons established this Burgundian grape across three blocks on their estate starting in 1978, and they continue grow the production of this their flagship wine.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 345 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

Winery website

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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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