2019 Eola Hills Pinot gris Reserve
Wolf Hill Vineyard,
Empty bottle weight: 16.6 ounces / 473 grams
Pinot gris grapes has pinkish-hued skins but most winemakers press them and don’t allow extended skin contact. That’s why Pinot gris is categorized as a white wine. However, Eola-Hills winemaker Steve Anderson not only allowed extended skin contact but also chose to age this juice in both stainless steel and neutral barrels. All the wine went though malolactic fermentation, contributing to some unique aromatics and texture, before bottling.
I found such interesting aromas in this Pinot gris! Everything from minerally wet rust and salty sea breeze, to fruity lemons and peaches.
Tart, mouth puckering flavors of under-ripe peaches and charred lemons evolved into those mineral notes from the bouquet. You know, how the air tastes after a short, summer rain shower on a gravel driveway? I also tasted salted, grilled plums and hints of salami with drying tannins and a long finish. Since this Pinot gris has both acidity and great texture, it goes really well with many different types of foods.
Food pairing suggestions:
Charcuterie boards, farro with mushrooms, Instant Pot pork tenderloin.
Read more about Eola Hills:
Why Wine? An interview with Steve Anderson of Eola Hills Wine Cellars
Why Wine? An interview with Tom Huggins of Eola Hills Wine Cellars
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2019 Eola Hills Blanc de Blancs Sparkling wine
Eola Hills Cuvée IV Columbia Valley Red Wine
2017 Eola Hills Barrel Select Reserve Pinot noir
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