Pinot Gris rules Oregon’s white wine landscape

By on October 29, 2017

Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $20

This vintage at the McMinnville, Ore., winery marked the 30th anniversary of the vineyard. Ariel Eberle’s Pinot Gris from the own-rooted Rainbow Block was taken Sept. 15 during the warmest growing season on record, she presents in a slightly off-dry style that’s ideal for the patio. Aromas of pear blossom, peach skin and Golden Delicious apple lead to a full-flavored white as sweet apricot and Bartlett pear lead to a deliciously tropical finish reminiscent of Juicy Fruit Gum.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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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