Monday, March 13, 2006

2003 Strangeland Pinot Gris

Strangeland Winery is located in Williamette Valley, Oregon. Oregon, uniquely I think is becoming somewhat world reknown for its Pinot Gris (or Pinot Grigio). Its a small family owned (the Millers) winery that utilizes old world techniques. A cool climate vineyard it has grown acclaim for its Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. The first vineyards were planted in 1978, with additional plantings in 1986.
The 2004 Pinot Gris was picked on September 28 2004. The alcohol is a somewhat suprisingly high 14.2%. A golden almost effervescence coloring and texture. Rich and spicy on the nose with hints of citrus. In the mouth you get lemony taste with mineral undertones kind of like sandstone. The acidity helps balance out the higher alcohol content. A very nice wine that I'd grade a B+.

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