2011 Kings Ridge Pinot Gris

Year: 2011
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Spectator: 88
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"Fresh and tangy, with lime and honeydew melon flavors that linger easily. Drink now. 3,600 cases made." (WS)

Winery Notes:
Our goal with the Kings Ridge Pinot Gris is to make a more richly textured white wine with lush acidity. We carefully choose vineyards in cool parts of the Willamette Valley that have significant daily temperature swings. We believe this helps to give ripeness and concentration to the fruit while preserving freshness and vibrant acidity.

We harvest our Pinot Gris vineyards in the cool early morning, and then gently press the whole clusters to coax the juice through the skins of the grapes. The Pinot Gris juice undergoes a long, cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine is aged on its lees to build weight and body, and is bottled in late winter to preserve the delicate aromatics.

The Kings Ridge 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris has fresh pear, citrus, and melon in the aromatics. The mouth is clean and refreshing for its vibrant; with juicy citrus fruits framed by good acidity in its long finish.

The 2011 harvest was one where experienced vineyard managers and winemakers needed every bit of instinct and good fortune to be successful. The year started off late and cold. We seemed to be constantly behind where we expected to be. As much as we tried to adjust our yield early in order to further ripening, we couldn’t make up for the late start and cool summer. As we entered into the normal harvest window, the fruit was not ready to pick; flavors were green and tannins not fully ripe. We waited patiently until mid-October to begin picking at Logsdon Ridge, and a week later we picked Vanjohn Vineyard and Kraemer Farms. In the end our patience paid off, as we had beautiful flavors in our Pinot Gris.