2008 Chehalem Pinot Grigio & Pinot Gris (Other than Italy) "Reserve"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Reserve"
Wine Category: Pinot Grigio & Pinot Gris (Other than Italy)
Grape blend: 100% Pinot Gris
Region: Willamette Valley
State or country: OR
Cases produced: 702
KWG Score: 91.2 (based on 4 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)
Review date: April 29, 2011
Wine Review: This pale yellow colored Pinot Gris opens with a pleasant mild pear bouquet with a hint of apricot. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and balanced. The flavor profile is a mild mineral infused Anjou pear with a hint of white pepper. The finish is nicely dry and refreshing. This friendly wine would pair well with asparagus wrapped in prosciutto or shrimp scampi. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: Bright and rich, this wine has plenty of structure and ripe fruit, from white-yellow stone fruit to tropical, with warm baking spices and butterscotch hints thrown in. The emollient, lime-tinged mineral-oil texture again balances well with great acidity, seemingly a marker for the 2008 vintage. Bone dry and acid-driven, this wine needs time to open up, and will continue to lengthen, as a peach pit and pear skin finishing snap turns weighty and oily.
Organic status: not organic
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