Pinot Gris rules Oregon’s white wine landscape

By on October 29, 2017

King Estate 2015 Domaine Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $29

king estate domaine pinot gris 2015 bottle - Pinot Gris rules Oregon's white wine landscapeThe largest biodynamic and certified organic vineyard in the U.S. is now also within the Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area, which explains why this bottling of estate fruit no longer lists “Oregon” as the AVA. There’s no oak involved in the production, and the tradition of five months on the lees builds aromas of baked orchard fruit, candy corn, jasmine and spearmint. There’s more brightness on the palate with fresh Gala apple, kiwi and melon, flavors backed by Bosc pear skin in the finish. Production was half that of the 2014 vintage. Suggested pairings include Shrimp Gnocchi in a Garlic Cream Sauce or that holiday bird.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,487 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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