Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2006

Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2006

Wine:  Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2006

Price: $11.49

Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon

Grape Variety: Pinot Gris

Purchased: Surdyk’s, Minneapolis, MN

This wine was a little more difficult to judge than others we’ve had, and I think it had more to do with our taste than the wine itself.  We’ve enjoyed many types of wine over the years, but the vast majority has been red wine.  I can say it with certainty, we’re red wine people.  Thus, the very different body and structure of a white was a little foreign to us, and there was definitely an adjustment period.  The appearance of this wine was a very pale, softly golden color.  We swirled the glass (“to aromacize the esthers” as our friend Tom Lorenz likes to say), and upon a long, slow inhale we found a large amount of green melon and pear.  It was almost grassy, something I’d expect from a sauvignon blanc.  The taste carried that theme, and we found pears and apples, and a little bit of lemon and the same mineral taste.  The finish was rather short and uneventful, and I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it as a simple sipping wine.  To be fair, I purchased it with a warm summer evening in mind, and today was a brisk Minnesota March day with an 18 degree temperature, so that may have been a factor.  I will say that it was the recommended wine for our dinner, a Sun-Dried Tomato, Sausage and Fontina Pizza, and when we tried it with the food the character of the wine really changed.  I’m still not a huge fan of white wine, but this one did settle into a nice spot when paired with the right food.

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2 Responses to Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2006

  1. Cathy says:

    I agree, that this wine went well with the pizza. I liked the balance of sweet and dry that this wine has.

  2. Nate says:

    Perhaps we just need more practice, right? Riesling with crab cakes, that would get us back on track!

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