2018 Kramer Vineyards Kimberley's Reserve Pinot gris

2018 Kramer Vineyards Kimberley’s Reserve Pinot gris

Yamhill-Carlton,
Willamette Valley,
Oregon

14.3% alcohol

Cork closure

100 cases produced

Whole-cluster pressed

Named after winemaker Kim Kramer, this reserve Pinot gris was made with the ripest grapes of the vintage and fermented in both stainless steel and neutral French oak barrels. Kim then aged the juice with the grape skins, often referred to as sur lie or sur lees, for 10 months. A portion of the wine went through malolactic fermentation, contributing to a nice, full mouthfeel. The finished wine has great acidity and minerality paired with a really interesting texture.

Bouquet:

While this Pinot gris opens with tart aromas of lemons, zest, and pink grapefruit, minerally gravel dust, orange blossoms, kumquats emerged with a few swirls. As the wine warmed a smidge, I began to smell lightly toasted marshmallows too.

Palate:

Those same tart citrus aromas were prevalent on the palate, along with honey stick, honeydew melons, and honeysuckle. I realize I made a lot of honey references there but know that this wine still has high acidity and tartiness! As it warmed in my glass, mango flavors and an interesting chalkiness developed. These nuances make for a truly expressive wine. I encourage you to savor it slowly and appreciate as it transitions from citrus to more tropical flavors.

Food pairing suggestions:

Lobster tails with garlic butter, Indian coconut vegetable curry, olive oil-poached halibut.

SRP $28

www.kramervineyards.com

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