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King Estate Winery 2016 Domaine Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley $29
The King family dedicates its Domaine Pinot Gris program to the vines surrounding the showpiece tasting room, restaurant and winery, and those grounds near Eugene, Ore., now are home to the largest Demeter-certified Biodynamic vineyard in the United States. There’s no oak involved in this tier, however the five months of surlie aging gives this juicy Pinot Gris a bit of heft on the midpalate. Complex aromas of freshly laundered linen, starfruit, white peach and slate come with some orange oil. There’s density and purity to the starfruit and peach flavors, a combination that’s nicely tart with orangy acidity. Enjoy with a fish filet that’s topped by a drizzle of lemon. It’s a stunning example of Oregon Pinot Gris and a heckuva debut vintage at King Estate for Washington State University product Brent Stone.
Production: 1,712 cases